Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
We are the leaseholders of an ex-council flat in a block of 12, roughly 50-60 years old, and the council is the freeholder.
Their fire risk assessors claim that the front doors of the flats (open onto the communal stairwell) do not comply with current fire safety regulations, and so they want to force all leaseholders to replace those front doors.
We had a HMO inspection just last year in that property, and although the council inspector wanted a new firewall to separate the kitchen, she didn’t even mention the door.
They will of course be spending tax-payers’ money to replace all the front doors on all the council-owned flats in the block.
There are countless similar blocks in the area, and someone will be making a fortune on all the new doors at £695.50 each (have you seen the new TV series White Gold?!)
Although it is possible that the doors are not up to current standards, my understanding is that this is not the same as not complying with current regulations.
I cannot imagine that current regulations require wholesale replacement of front doors in order to bring them up to current standards. That would be a horrendous expense all across the country.
Have I got this wrong, or is the council just a bit too gung-ho in spending our money?
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