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« on: January 08, 2021, 01:02:35 PM »

Hi all, I hope everyone is safe in these troubled times.

first time poster just need some guidance

I am experiencing the hell of being part of a freehold in a building of four flats of which I own one.

One of the freeholder has let his flat out to tenants. There are three floors , of which the tenants are on the top floor. I am on the second and the main communal area is at the bottom floor.

Is the communal area his responsibility in terms of providing fire extinguishers , smoke alarms or blankets or all the freeholders.

The last fire assessment was done 2015 I am trying to get another one.

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2021, 03:50:38 PM »

If a long leaseholder landlord has responsibilites for fire safety to their short lease tenant, I don't see see how the freeholder landlord don't have the same to their long leasholder tenant.....

Whether that is chargable to all the leaseholder in service fee or exceptional cost is a different question.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2021, 06:38:01 PM »

Thanks for taking the time to respond and help

I don’t get your answer

I guess I am looking at it from the perspective had the freeholder landlord not rented out his property we wouldn’t need to get these additional safeguards , except for the ones recommend by the fire risk officer.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2021, 09:39:04 PM »

Why do you need these additional safety features / equipment? According to whom?
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2021, 12:02:40 PM »

I have 3 flats in a block of 8,4 ground floor,4 upstairs.We have all bought the freehold,and only two are owner-occupied.We have a fund to cover all communal repairs and improvements.The insurance is for the block,covering landlords too.We don't have fire extinguishers,and the insurance has not required them. Is this because you have 3 floors?
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 12:37:52 PM »

Many thanks all,

We do have 3 floors and it came to mind as one of the other freeholders mention has the landlord met his obligation for the tenants so we are all protected but who bore the cost but then at the same it made think it makes sense to have fire protection regardless
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