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  • Buy-to-Let

    Fire Door Safety Week launches on social web



    Less than one in five BTL landlords have contacted with their tenants regarding basic fire safety precautions since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, according to a fresh report by Mcilroy Smith.

    The research, released by the property consultancy in the run-up to "Fire Door Safety Week" – from September 24 to 30, found that a quarter of people feel more anxious about living in a flat since the fire in London last year.

    You can download a useful guide:

    What Responsibilities Does The Landlord Have For Fire Safety for HMO Buildings? – Albion Detection Systems 

    You can join the conversation on #firedoorsafetyweek

    SEE ALSO  -        Launch of "HMO Compliance Week" 2018

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    Please could you post a  link to the report or add some context so that the statistic in your first sentence is not meaningless.

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    Thanks Vanessa for alerting us. This is an important topic and should be backed up by detailed stats

    However this link is yet another 'result' presented without information about how many people were surveyed, over what period they were surveyed, what questions were asked, who were the participants (LLs or tenants?)

    I have just completed fire safety survey, new electrical instal, and boxing in of meters in communal areas in a block for my tenants. I was not interviewed for any survey! ??!!

    For any credibility reporters of survey results must give more detail if they want to be believed.

    This is too serious a subject to be dismissed in clickbait

    best wishes to all


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    Thanks Denise. I really used the report as a way to provide the link to the Albion resource about fire safety in HMOs.

    It is a serious topic, but landlords are typically very apathetic, and sometimes click-bait is the only way to engage them.  Sad, but true.

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    Well it worked with me. I read the post!

    laughing....

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    The statistic is meaningless there too. It leads to more questions than it answers. I can't find the report that that article is supposed to be based on.

    Why only BTL landlords? Why not the majority of landlords who don't have mortgages?

    Is 20% high or low? Surely they can't mean that all BTL landlords should contact their tenants. Landlords owning flats in tower blocks with cladding - that makes sense. Maybe even all tower blocks. But would LLS who don't own such properties (like me) contact their tenants?

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    Hi Peter, Perhaps ask on the original article as that is where I took the information from?  I have no further knowledge.  Sorry.

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    The report still mentions 3 storys. I’m amazed at how many things are going round the Internet st the moment (including from councils!) that are still out of date.

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    That is one of the reasons Property Tribes is running "HMO Compliance Week" 2018, all this week and posted the below yesterday:

    The National Landlords Association is concerned that local authorities are not prepared for, or are still unaware of, the mandatory licensing for HMOs.

    Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association, said: “The Government made the announcement about mandatory HMO licensing in January, but we’re concerned that many landlords may not have applied for their licenses. We encourage all landlords to make sure they do so before 1 October to be compliant.

    “It may be that landlords thought there was a six-month grace period, as was originally proposed. This is not the case and we don’t want to see anyone committing an offence through ignorance.

    “We have been contacted by a number of our members who have tried to apply for licenses, but the local authority has purported not to know anything about it or simply didn’t have the systems in place to process the applications.

    “This is an unacceptable failing on the part of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which should have ensured all local authorities were up to speed with the changes. It’s disappointing that more consideration hasn’t been made for the significance of this change and the challenges local authorities face in implementing it.

    “Our advice to landlords who have encountered this is to apply for an HMO license using the existing process, even if the council hasn’t updated their forms.”

    Full/source article

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