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Fire Door Safety Week: Landlords must recognise their fire safety obligations

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.

About half of those living in a flat do not feel fully prepared on what to do in the event of a fire in their building, which suggests that greater safety awareness is necessary.

Andrew Simmonds, managing director of Mcilroy Smith, said: “Many people living in apartments do not appear to be up to speed with basic fire safety measures and it is concerning to see contact between landlord and tenant on this key issue appears dangerously hit and miss.”

With fire doors becoming more common in private homes, and now required as part of building regulations in new builds of three storeys or more, Simmonds was keen to point out that the Fire Door Safety campaign aims to engage and educate building owners and building users on how to use them properly, and highlight the “dangers” of cutting corners on products and installation and of “neglecting maintenance”.

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