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    change of Front Door on Hmo

    Hi All

    i had a letter from The council instructing me to get the front door exchanged on my flat (hmo) as its not fire compliance fd30

    this is exterior hallways /and is the best / safest door in the block 50mm thick real wood etc.

    cheapest quote i got to get it changed is £900 and sure enough the new door wont be safer then the old one..

    has any one been in the same situation ?

    your comments are much appreciated..

    regards

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    "sure enough the new door wont be safer then the old one" then inform the council of this fact and ask for guidance.

    If the current door has a better fire durability than 30 minutes on the £900 you quoted then it sounds like a mistake.

    You can have such conversations its not a master/slave relationship, the council officials dont always feel this way but persistence often leads to middle-ground or better solutions. Plus there is also the tribunal to settle disputes between the parties.

    The other leaseholders in the block may have received same correspondence or alternatively because you are a HMO (others may not be) you require tighter compliance.

    In post Grenfell era fire safety in blocks is a big importance. They may be happy with other changes that will help mitigate risk.

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    Thanks a lot  Adam

    will try them again but it just feels one way traffic with this council.

    other option is get an independent door firm to inspect it and try to find a way of making the existing door fire proof.

    regards

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    The cost issue is that LAs will insist FD is fitted by a small list of suitable contractors

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    As you have a flat, I am assuming it is a leased property. Have you checked your lease? The leases on my flats do not allow me to change the front door - the freeholder has to do it.

    I believe that having a fire door on a flat is a legal requirement for all flats, not just an HMO. If your lease only requires you to pay for repairs and not improvements then you may not be liable to pay for the freeholder's costs in upgrading your front door.

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