I think part of this question might get better attention in the LEASEHOLDERS forum
Originally Posted by NHMC
Please note fire risk assessments in residential communal areas have only been required since October 1st 2006.
My comment is that fire precautions will never ever remain pristine from when they were installed. The FRA should identify how often the precautions need to be inspected on an on going basis. A yearly review of the condition of fire precautions would be a minimum; eg checking the smoke seals of fire doors etc. The FRA itself should be reassessed whenever there is a change in circumstances such as occupancy or development work, or after a fire incident. Any smoke detection system should also be serviced and parts such as detectors replaced according to manufacturerers instructions.....my point is fire safety is an ongoing process which must be paid for.
You could present your FRA to the freeholder and ask him to make good faults as a gesture of goodwill; I think you would find it hard to press the freeholder by law into making good or to the correct current standard at the time, simply because it is in excess of 6 years limitation. Like I said; leaseholder forum may yield better advice.
You could always speak to your local fire department about what the FRA points out and see if they agree with it. Different assessors have different opinions.
You could speak to building control to check it was properly signed off at the time and what the safety standards should have been at the time.
All posts in good faith, but do not rely on them
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