Quiz - how well do you understand your lease?
Understand the key things you should know about your lease. If you are a purchaser, this can help make sure your solicitor has covered all of these points and explained them clearly to you.
There are no specific time periods in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed. The law simply says that the person responsible for the assessment in your building must review it ‘regularly’ to make sure it’s up to date.
The responsible person must review the fire risk assessment if:
- there’s reason to think it’s no longer valid (for example, if there has been a fire in the shared parts of the building)
- there have been significant changes since the assessment was done (for example, major building works or more people using the building)
The assessment itself might also include a recommendation of how often it should be reviewed or updated. Reviewing an existing fire risk assessment can take less time than carrying out a new assessment, so reviews can be done more frequently.
There is guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. This recommended that for low-rise blocks of up to three storeys above ground, built in the last 20 years, fire risk assessments should be:
- reviewed every 2 years
- redone every 4 years
For blocks with higher risks (for example, because of the age of the building), or those more than 3 storeys high, the guidance recommends that fire risk assessments should be:
- reviewed every year
- redone every 3 years
In extreme cases (for the highest-risk buildings), the guidance recommends doing a new fire risk assessment once a year.
More information you might find useful:
- Who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment?
- Who can carry out a fire risk assessment?
- How do I get a copy of my building’s fire risk assessment?
- What is a fire risk assessment?
- Who enforces fire safety law?
- What are the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act 2022?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
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