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Who pays for a fire risk assessment?

It depends on the terms of the lease between the building owner (the freeholder) and the leaseholders.

Often there is no specific mention of fire risk assessments in the lease. But 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.


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