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We have received a FRA from our freeholder/managing agent which they obtained from a contractor who sells fire safety equipment and services. It seemed to have been written as a generic document and might well be very suitable for a multi-storey block of flats or similar large commercial building.

The property is a simple block of four flats (built sometime between 1975 and 1985) with two ground floor and two first floor uniflats. There is a bed-living room, kitchenette and bathroom - no gas only electricity. We own one of the four flats and rent it out. The flats share a common open stair with front and back doors. All flats have openable windows to safe gardens. The area is a peaceful residential estate with street lighting. The lease prescribes that only one person occupy each flat.

We have checked the FRA with the Fire Authority who advise informally that the measures are largely unnecessary. Both them and the Building Control officer have informally indicated that the measures suggested are excessive and typically they have seen such excesses when the building inductry is in recession. Neither authority will put this in writing.

Could you advise what a typical set of requirements might be for such a simple building and the best way to challenge our freeholder's uncompromising adherence to this report.

Thank you

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11/02/2009 00:00

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