Some landlords have decided to pay for safety measures themselves, for example 24/7 fire marshals. However, it depends on the terms of the lease between the landlord (the freeholder) and the leaseholders.

Some leases are unclear or do not say who should pay for these sorts of safety measures.

Even if the lease does not give a clear answer, the freeholder may be able to pass on the costs to the leaseholders, for example through a ‘sweeping-up’ clause. This can allow freeholders to get leaseholders to pay for a range of unexpected costs.

These costs can include:

To find out more about sweeping-up clauses, see Who pays for fire safety measures such as changing the cladding on blocks of flats?

See also this January 2018 decision about the use of wardens and the recovery of costs from leaseholders.


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