Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
We are a share of freehold flat in a block of 6 with a management company. We have had a demand letter from them to replace the front door to our flat with a threat of legal action if this is not completed by December 17th. We need some help and advice as I’m not sure we’ll be able to comply. We do not have the finances or the time within that time frame.
When we purchased the property 8 years ago, the door did not match the other 5 doors in the building. I’m not sure if this should have been raised at the time of purchase.
Recently there was some kind of fire inspection in the building and one of the requests from the inspection included our door being changed.
We wouldn’t mind changing the door to one that is fire proof, I understand the glass in ours is an issue for them but what I don’t understand is why we are the only flat being asked to meet the current regulations. They have requested:
– FD30S Fire door
– Door sets conforming to BS476 part 20:22 and BS476 part 31:1
– BS EN 1154 self closers
– BS EN 1154 hinges
– BS EN 1906 handles
– BS EN 12209 lock
while the rest of the building, including our opposite neighbour, does not meet these regs, meaning everyone else will be safe should we have a fire but we won’t be protected if they have a fire. I believe the old doors in the building are fire doors from when the building was built in the 70’s. I’m not sure how good these would be.
There are several blocks within our estate whose communal doors do not have self closers. Every other door (almost 100 flats) do not have anywhere near these regs. I’m confused as to why we have to meet these new regs while the rest of the building does not.
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