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AFD Responsibility

Paul B

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Hi All

Following a fire risk assessment, a shop owner has to fit a sounder linked to his alarm system to warn tenants in a flat above his shop of a fire in the shop.

Who is responsible to pay for the work?

  • The shop owner?
  • The tenant?
  • The building owner (owner of the flat)?


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It's part of the shop's fire alarm system, as well as part of the shop's general fire precautions to protect relevant persons who would be affected by a fire in the shop premises, therefore unless provisions in any lease say otherwise (e.g. putting it on the freeholder) it's the shop's expense.

They could instead rip their false ceiling down and upgrade the fire resistance to 60 minutes instead but I know which is cheaper and less disruptive!

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