New Fire Regulations liability query
We are landlords with a number of residential properties. We are concerned about compliance with the new Fire Regulations that came into force in October 2006. As we understand it, it is mostly relevant to commercial properties. The query is, do the following properties that we have qualify as commercial, rather than residential because there is more than one in the building.
They are larger properties that we have sub-divided into flats some time ago:
1) Property one: this is a large Victorian semi-detached house which has been sub-divided into three flats. It was divided into two, one upstairs and one down, until we bought it in April 2003. We added a third flat to the upstairs, effectively sub-dividing the upper flat into two one bedroomed flats.
There is a communal hallway and entrance. Each flat has hard-wired smoke detectors and fire-retardent doors.
We have a full size fire extinguisher in the communal hallway.
2) The only two other properties we have that may be affected are sub-divided houses into two self-contained flats. Each has its own self-contained entrance.
We are not sure how these residential properties figure with the new fire regulations and would appreciate your advice as to how we can assess our liability, or what we would then need to do to comply.
Look forward to hearing from you.