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Remedial action taken in default of the landlord
Where the council is satisfied that a landlord has not complied with a specification described in the remedial notice in the required timescale - and when consent is given by the occupier - the council will arrange for remedial works to be undertaken in default of the landlord. This work in default will be undertaken within 28 days of the council being satisfied of the breach. In these circumstances, battery-operated alarms will be installed as a quick and immediate response, though further works under different legislation may also be required.
In order to comply with these regulations, smoke alarms will be installed on every storey of residential accommodation. This may only provide a temporary solution as the property may be a high risk due to:
- Its mode of occupancy such as a house in multiple occupation or building converted into one or more flats
- Having an unsafe internal layout where fire escape routes pass through living rooms or kitchens
- It being three or more storeys high
A full housing health and safety rating system inspection will be carried out at this point, also taking into consideration Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) Housing and fire safety guidance. This will consider the adequacy of the type and coverage of the smoke alarm system, as well as fire escape routes to include escape windows, and fire separation measures such as fire doors, protected walls and protected ceilings. Any further works required to address serious hazards in residential property, that are not undertaken through informal agreement, will be enforced using the Housing Act 2004, in accordance with our Enforcement Policy.
Carbon monoxide alarms
In order to comply with these regulations, a carbon monoxide alarm will be installed in every room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers but including solid fuel combusting appliances).
For more detailed information, including the LACORS fire safety guide provisions for certain types of existing housing, please visit fire safety law and guidance documents for business (GOV.UK)
All communications for representations made against the Remedial Notice (regulation five) or the Penalty Charge Notice (regulation eight) are to be sent to:
Private Sector Housing Team
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
Or by using our Private Sector Housing contact form.
Last updated: 17/01/2023 14:58