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.
If you are not sure who should pay for a fire risk assessment you should read through the terms of your lease. It will typically depend on the terms of the lease between the building owner (the freeholder) and the leaseholders as to who pays for specific maintenance or safety works.
There is often no specific mention of fire risk assessments in the lease, however the freeholder may be able to use other wording in the lease (for example, in a ‘sweeping up’ clause) to justify passing on the cost to the leaseholders.
If leaseholders are asked to pay, the cost is usually included in the annual service charge.
More information you might find useful:
- Who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment?
- Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
- What are the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act 2022?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
- Resolutions for service charge disputes
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