10:43 AM, 31st January 2022, About 4 months ago 7
Hi everyone, I own a property in a Victorian building with four other owners.
We had a fire risk assessment carried out in 2013, and I am wondering if there is a legal requirement to have this upgraded or reassessed, assuming the original recommendations were implemented at the time?
Editor’s Note: From the NRLA >> https://www.nrla.org.uk/news/the-complete-fire-safety-guide-for-landlords
“Periodical fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for many rental properties and best practice in all. They identify possible causes of fires, highlighting potential hazards and the precautions the landlord should take to reduce the likelihood of a fire. It is a good idea to review the risk assessment every two years and update it every four years. For older buildings or those over three storeys, the risk assessment should be reviewed annually and updated every three years.
There is no mandatory method of fire risk assessment, but it’s worth noting that most fire and rescue services offer free home visits as part of their ‘Safe and Well’ initiative to identify potential fire risks within the home. This includes knowing what to do in order to reduce or prevent the risk of fire, ensuring working smoke alarms are present and putting together an escape plan in case a fire does break out.”
If you own a flat it is your responsibility to carry out all the necessary checks for the flat itself. You will have to ensure that someone is responsible for the overall fire safety in your block of flats. That may be the managing agent, but you still need to specifically ask what precautions they’re taking and what checks they’re making.
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