Dispute on certification for fire doors going to court?Make Text Bigger
We are a partnership of 4 landlords and have a contract dispute with our supplier of FD30 doors. We had 3 installations done in 2013 in leasehold flats (using our freeholders’ approved supplier) but the freeholder of the blocks has recently failed them after a routine fire risk assessment. One has failed due to physical issues and the others have been failed due to lack of evidence that they are FD30.
We have job sheets showing we ordered FD30s but no other evidence. The freeholder has told us to replace the installations and listed the government guidance document they are now adhering to – which states suppliers must provide evidence.
The supplier says the installations are FD30, but refuses to provide any evidence – siting documentation was not part of the contract. We are stuck in the middle of all this so made a small claim to try to be reimbursed for the £3000 cost of the installations.
At yesterday’s hearing we were asked to file amendments and told the onus is on us to prove breach of contract. A 4 hour trial is being set for July. None of us are legally trained and we are debating whether to continue with this. We believe the supplier is using a large law firm via his insurance – as he has fitted thousands of these doors for various housing associations – as well as for small landlords like ourselves.
We would welcome readers’ advice and any similar experiences – thank you.
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