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Why take enforcement action?

We understand residents want to make communal areas look appealing and inviting, but under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, we have a responsibility to residents and fire officers to ensure that the risk of fire and smoke is minimised. It is a requirement by law we ensure you are safe in our blocks and we are asking you to remove anything which may pose a risk.

If you do not remove items which can cause a threat to residents’ safety we may take enforcement action.

Items not allowed in the communal areas include:

  • Self-powered mobility scooters, wheelchairs, etc
  • Prams, pushchairs, bicycles, etc
  • Furniture
  • White goods (eg fridges, cookers)
  • Electrical items
  • Rubbish
  • Recycling boxes
  • Rubbish bags
  • Curtains
  • Loose rugs
  • Carpets
  • Any combustible materials
  • Any obstructions

In general you are allowed non-slipped backed doormats up to 70cm x 40cm and live plants within non flammable pots.

Where possible we are contacting the residents and asking them to remove any personal belongings within 14 days.

A further inspection will be undertaken and appropriate action taken to ensure safety within the block - this could involve the eventual removal of items if they remain.

Basically, we want to make sure you are safe and have a clear exit route should you ever need one.