Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
There are no specific time periods in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed....
If you are not sure who pays for works that are recommended under a fire risk assessment you should read through your lease. The responsibility for paying for works will depend on the terms of the lease between the building owner (the freeholder) and the leaseholders.
It may well be there is no specific mention of fire risk assessments in the lease or indeed of works recommended to be carried out as a result of such an assessment. If this is the case, it is possible that the freeholder will try to include the cost of these works in the service charges that are paid by leaseholders.
Depending on the terms of the lease, the freeholder may be able to rely on other wording in the lease to justify passing on the cost of such works to the leaseholder in the form of service charges but ultimately it is a matter of interpretation of the particular lease.
More information you might find useful:
- What are the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act 2022?
- Sweeping up clauses
- Who pays for a fire risk assessment?
- Who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment?
- Who can carry out a fire risk assessment?
- Resolutions for service charge disputes
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