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Can a fire exit be used as daily entry point?

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There needs to be a legal easement, deed of variation or similar allowing them access and any necessary conditions (e.g. emergency use only).  You would usually find it in the premises legal pack along with the freehold/leasehold agreement.

If there is no written agreement you are entitled to secure your premises, but you should consult a specialist in property law as if they've enjoyed use of the route without being told they can't for a long historical period they can try and get the access formalised in court (Or so I've read in case law,but it's not my speciality). You could also grant them a formal easement in return for a reasonable admin fee,rent, etc.

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Guest ProblemFireExit

 I am having to use a fire exit as a normal door, sometimes late at night, but I’m having awful trouble closing it again. It bounces open slightly before I can pull the bar up, and other people seem to have to slam it.   What can I do? Get a door closer?  Perform some sort of maintenance? I’d rather simple fix that doesn’t require the fitting of new equipment. I doubt I could get the property managers to fit a closer. 

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Fitting a door closer would not help and be counterproductive it  appears the door needs to be maintained I am sure a good joiner could resolve the problem. 

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Guest Roger

If you have more than 2 fire exits and you need to block one temporarily for less then an hour. Can you brief your team of the exit not operational and block it while you resolve an issue? Or do you need to evacuate everyone while you isolate the door. 

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Guest fire exit doors

HI, can someone tell me if it is ok to use fire exit door to let suppliers in and out.   We were made to use this at the weekend to carry our casino tables down, the stairs were really dangerous but the hotel manager would not let us go out any other way.

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Of course. All doors that can be used by occupants to escape outside from a fire are fire exit doors but those not in normal use, have appropriate signs showing that the door can be used to escape from a fire and are fitted with securing devices that can be easily opened during the time the premises are occupied.

Consequently  all doors can be used for either escaping from a fire or normal ingress or exit depending on the door furniture.

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