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  1. Hi all, A big topic for you today - if dangerous cladding is found on a block of apartments, who pays to fix it? One of the properties I own is a flat in a block with 100+ leaseholders. I can't divulge too much information because it is an ongoing legal case, however we are currently pursuing several avenues of legal proceedings in order to determine whose responsibility it is to pay for the potential 7 figure cost of replacing all of the cladding on the building. Will it be the leaseholders, who are supposed to be responsible for maintenance and repair of the building, or the landlord who owns the building and is responsible for remedial action? Of course, when the building was completed less than 10 years ago, everything was approved to building standards at the time. It is because of the recent tragedy at Grenfell that everyone is suddenly realising that the standards are not good enough now. To be clear, nobody is disputing that the cladding needs to be replaced. At the moment, the leaseholders are paying six figure sums for 24 hour fire marshalls to guard the building so that it can stay operational for tenants. We are also being coerced into paying increased service charges (2-3x the normal amount) to pay for other remedial fire safety actions even though it hasn't yet been determined who is responsible. Although I can just about afford it with the rent (I am now essentially making £0 on that property) for some owner-occupiers or smaller portfolio leaseholders this increased service charge and potential astronomical charge to eventually do the cladding itself is going to wipe them out. As a leaseholder, I have a biased opinion but surely it shouldn't be us leaseholders, who each paid six figure sums to buy a product in good faith, who pays to fix something that isn't actually fit for purpose?? Please let me know your thoughts, I would be grateful for any advice.
  2. Hi guys, I am writing to inform all other fellow landlords or agents/tenants of my recent experience and great concern with the “10 Year guarantee” battery life within the FireAngel ST-622 model Smoke Alarm. As a landlord of multiple rental properties I had purchased 4 of the ‘10 Year Thermoptek Smoke Alarm’ models and installed them within my properties to keep my tenants safe and to abide by the current laws in-place. I was horrified to discover on a recent inspection at one of my rental properties that after only 11 months (purchased 17/11/2018), two of the FireAngel ST-622 items did not work. In discovering this I informed another one of my tenants at a different property and asked if she could check the same alarms. She replied to inform me that both of the ST-622 models installed also did not work!!! For these items only 18 months had passed (purchased 09/04/2018). I have since removed the alarms and installed new, battery replaceable, alarms and contacted FireAngel directly with my concerns. Smoke Alarms should be tested regularly as we all know however I just wanted to post this information out to everyone to help inform others that this could be a risk in one of your properties should you have the same alarm. GET THEM TESTED ASAP! Thanks! :)
  3. Own 3rd floor flat (top floor) in purpose built block of 17 flats There are front and rear doors at ground level (do these doors legally need to be fire doors?) There are two flights of stairs to levels 2 and 3 with doors leading to all flats on levels 2 and 3 respectively (do these doors legally need to be fire doors?) My flat (and all other flats) only escape routes are via their own front doors as no fire escape exist (do these flat doors legally need to be fire doors?)
  4. Hi, I am looking at renting out a two bed property that is currently gutted. I am looking at new interior doors and wondered if it was a requirement to have fire doors or whether the cheap moulded hollow doors are fine? If not a requirement, is it worth paying out for the solid doors anyway? Thanks for any advice. Matt
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