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I live in a two storey block of flats (there are four flats in total in the block). Each flat has its own entrance and there are no common areas. What sort of fire safety assessment and documentation do we need?

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Does the new Fire Safety Act 2021 now require a fire risk assessment to be carried out of blocks of flats with no common areas? (i.e. the external walls, doors, windows and balconies need to be assessed).

Also, where a block of flats of this type is converted from a house (e.g. Victorian/Georgian terrace) not in accordance with modern Building Regulations, should there be a linked fire alarm system between the flats?   

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A block of flats must have staircase's therefore must have common areas and it will depend on the fire strategy for the building and the type of fire alarm required or not according to the fire risk assessment. 

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Q1. Even if every flat has it's own entrance if deemed part of the same building then in theory based on how you read it yes, the FSA would apply - however as this would potentially pull in semi detached houses I think the guidance that is to be released may well clarify that it only applies to buildings with internal common parts as well.

Q2. Yes

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On 25/06/2021 at 11:43, Tom Sutton said:

A block of flats must have staircase's therefore must have common areas and it will depend on the fire strategy for the building and the type of fire alarm required or not according to the fire risk assessment. 

Thanks Tom.  However, the typical blocks of flats that come into this category are 2 or 3 storey houses converted into 2 flats, both with external entrances (often one at lower ground floor level, the other upper ground floor level).  So there are no communal staircases. 

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21 hours ago, AnthonyB said:

Q1. Even if every flat has it's own entrance if deemed part of the same building then in theory based on how you read it yes, the FSA would apply - however as this would potentially pull in semi detached houses I think the guidance that is to be released may well clarify that it only applies to buildings with internal common parts as well.

Q2. Yes

Thanks Anthony. Q1 - The revised FSO applies "Where a building contains two or more sets of domestic premises".  I would consider that a 3 storey period terraced house converted into 2 flats (both with their own external entrances - one at lower ground, one at upper ground level) would be included in this definition.  However, I would not consider a traditional pair of semi-detached houses as one building in the same sense.

It will be interesting to see what the guidance says about this.

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