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Guest RebeccaGr

Hello, we have a gate at the side of our house leading from our garden which is a fire exit for our house and the houses next to us but someone has put their own private lock on it so we can't get in and out of it easily and they refuse to make any other keys for us so I was wondering if you could help me with what to do. This is a fire exit and should be accessible. Thank you for your help.

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This situation is not very clear is this gate, or access to it, on private land or the public thoroughfare, if it is private land then the owner has every right to bar it and the only way to gain access is by mutual agreement, check with a solicitor.

If it is a single private dwelling then it is not subject to the fire safety order then there is no a legal requirements, if it is a flat situation then the common areas are and if you require this for means of escape then you would need to find an alternative.

Most local fire and rescue services have a free fire safety check which you should take advantage of to evaluate your means of escape.

Check out http://www.firesafe.org.uk/uk-fire-rescue-services-details/

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Guest Helen

Must I legally have a fire exit / gate in a rental property garden as a fire escape route?

 

Helen

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It depends if the rental property is a house or flat, a house is not subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and a flat could be. Also it depends if the relevant persons would be in danger if enclosed to close to the building, but in most cases an escape to the public thoroughfare is necessary. 

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Guest Jock

I currently run a business from my home I am a council approved childminder 

my back gate is a marked fire exit but someone keeps blocking my gate-with their car  and we can not use this at all. 
 we can not get out as the car is so close to the gate and wall 

I have kindly discussed this with the driver, bit  he will not move 2 ft up , what do I do ? 

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If the car is on the public thoroughfare and is abiding by the parking laws, it is unlikely you will be able to do anything about it, you could try talking to the council to see if they can help or try contacting a solicitor to see if they have any idea's.

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Guest Guest Sharon

Hi, I have to drive down a lane ( no one ownes the lane ) to get to my drive ... At the corner of the lane is a fire exit which belongs to a sheltered accommodation, this is locked inside by a single bolt ( is this legal ) Also when I had to do work on my drive I moved my car into the lane and parked it 6ft away from the fire gate allowing room for the fire exit gate to be opened also for people/persons to have ample room to walk past my car ... The wardon then phoned the police to say I was obstructing the gate (which I was not ) and was asked to move ... Can she do that? Or was I parked illegal, thankyou

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I think this is a civil matter and and you need to speak to your solicitor or the police and find why it was considered  illegal parking.

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Guest Christina

Good Morning, we privately rent a detached house but we have no access out of the rear garden if a fire was to occur to the front of the property where our escape route is.  Is an escape route necessary, ie: a gate? 

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