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Who is responsible for paying for works recommended under the fire risk assessment?

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.

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