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.
It is best practice for the management company to provide an occupant of a building access to their premises’ fire risk assessment, on request.
Ask the person who is responsible for carrying out the fire risk assessment in your building.
This could be the:
- owner (the freeholder)
- management company
- managing agent
What if the freeholder, management company or managing agent doesn’t give me a copy?
There is nothing in law that says the person responsible for carrying out the fire risk assessment must give you a copy.
Some industry bodies, such as the Association of Retirement Housing Managers, say building managers should provide a copy of a fire risk assessment on request.
If your freeholder uses a managing agent, there is an official complaints procedure you can follow.
First, you should complain to the individual agent directly. If that does not work, you should make a formal complaint through the internal complaints procedure at the agent’s company.
If you are still unhappy, you can then complain to a redress scheme. All managing agents in England must be a member of one of two redress schemes:
- The Property Ombudsman
- The Property Redress Scheme
More information you might find useful:
- My building has no fire risk assessment. What do I do?
- What is a fire risk assessment?
- Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
- Who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
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