As landlords, we are committed to complying with the advice and guidance provided by the fire authorities in relation to the facilities we have in our buildings.
It has been consistent and clear advice from fire authorities that there should NOT be fire alarms fitted in the communal areas of purpose built blocks of flats.
This is not an issue of cost or cost saving; it is to ensure we comply with the best practice guidance provided to us. Where a block of flats or a residential building has a ‘stay put’ policy, having a communal fire alarm system fitted cause’s confusion and is against the rationale of the ‘stay put’ procedure.
Should the position on the installation of fire alarms be reviewed and changed by the Government Building Control bodies or the fire services, we will of course move with the advice to ensure we are in line with the best practice and guidance.