Following significant change in legislation, the enactment of The Fire Safety Act (2021), all flat doors should now be checked on an annual basis.
The legal responsibilities of leaseholders/owners on blocks of flats, in relation to the door, arise from Articles 5(4) and Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005. These section clearly place the responsibility for maintenance/replacement of the door upon the leaseholder/owner.
In line with this and to ensure the building is complying with legislation, all leaseholders/owners are required to co-operate with the managing agents. Such co-operation is for the purpose of ensuring that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided within or part of the premises are maintained in efficient working order and in good repair.
Under the terms of most leases, the leaseholder/owner is responsible for the door to their home and any associated costs, therefore it is a requirement of The Fire Safety Act that leaseholders/owners co-operate with the Managing Agents to ensure their door is maintained as part of the Act.
Compliance with the FIre Safety Order is mandatory
We must advise that should leaseholders fail to co-operate with the Managing Agents in order to ensure the building is maintained to an effective state, the fire service may choose to carry out their own survey of the site and take enforcement action against any leaseholder/owner under The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) alongside The Fire Safety Act (2021).