LEASE provides FREE initial advice on fire safety to leaseholders in high-rise buildings, including those with ACM cladding, to ensure that leaseholders are aware of their rights and are supported to understand the terms of their leases.
If you have a question or concern about fire safety in leasehold, please see the frequently asked questions below. You can also get free advice from our experienced advisers, by booking a telephone appointment, or by writing to us.
If you are a leaseholder with fire safety concerns we encourage you to complete this survey. The information you provide will be passed on to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to assist them in determining the necessary response to fire safety issues and concerns. You may be contacted for a follow up. The Government are keen to hear from leaseholders for their views on this important issue.
We are here to:
- Give free, independent, impartial information and guidance on fire safety
- Advice by telephone, email and post is initial advice. This is outline, summary, legal advice to ensure you understand your rights. We will help you better engage on fire safety issues, such as interim and remedial fire safety costs. We cannot act for you. If you need other assistance, we will guide you to where you should go next.
- Advice and information by ‘outreach’. If there are 20 or more leaseholders in your building, then an outreach event may be the most efficient way for us to assist. We can speak to the group about a particular point of concern and/or have an advice surgery for individuals to obtain personal advice.Please use our event form to arrange an event close to you. We can also hold events by Skype, conference call, or webinar.
Fact sheets on Fire safety
Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
Fire Risk Assessments
- What is a fire risk assessment?
- How do I get a copy of my building’s fire risk assessment?
- My building has no fire risk assessment. What do I do?
- Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
- Who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment?
- Who can carry out a fire risk assessment?
- I’m responsible for fire safety in a block of flats. Do I need a fire risk assessment?
- Who pays for a fire risk assessment?
- Who is responsible for paying for works recommended under the fire risk assessment?
Fire safety regulations
- When a seller of a leasehold flat replies to a purchaser’s enquiry and uses the Leasehold Property Enquiries Form LPE1 (LPE1), should it disclose proposals to replace the cladding?
- Has the government banned the use of combustible materials in cladding on blocks of flats?
- What is the cladding fund?
- What works does the cladding fund cover?
- What are interim safety measures?
- When will it be possible for my building owner to make an application for the cladding fund?
- What will happen if my building owner doesn’t replace the cladding?
- What are the conditions for accessing the cladding fund?
- What is a fire door?
- Who owns and is responsible for the fire door?
- I own the front door to my flat and want to replace it. What do I do?
- What are the requirements for a fire door to comply with current Building Regulations?
- Can I be forced to upgrade or replace my front door if it is the door that was there when I purchased the flat?
- Who pays for the replacement or upgrade of an existing fire door?
- Who do I use to replace my fire door?
Articles on Fire Safety
- Government launches consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats
- Government funding for removal of ACM type cladding in high rise blocks
- Government’s action plan to accelerate remediation of private high-rise residential buildings with ACM cladding
- The use of wardens and recovery of costs from leaseholders- an important decision of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
- Cladding costs and fire marshals – a recent decision of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
- Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety publishes its final report
- Costs of removal of cladding and “waking watch”