I’m selling a leasehold flat with share of freehold and am being asked for fire and asbestos assessments. The last flat sold around 5 years ago and no-one has any recollection of providing any of these items.
It’s an older Victorian property, converted in the late 80s with three flats sharing a communal hallway and the basement with its own door. Each flat has fire doors on their entrance, we have fire extinguishers in the hallway and smoke alarms in the communal hallway. We have an unwritten policy of not blocking the hallway with stuff or smoking in there.
My head is spinning over what is actually required in a fire assessment given the age of the building. I believe we should have one - but despite some sites saying it doesn’t have to be written down as we have no employees, we obviously need to if we need to show it when people are buying/selling the flats. We only have one flat let out so I don’t think we are classed as an HMO despite the building being converted before 1991. Does anyone have any expertise or could recommend someone who will understand all the nuances of the building regulations through the ages?
With the asbestos, I’m not sure whether we actually need a full survey for it or whether we can make an assumption that there might be some and just have a policy for dealing with it if there are works planned.
Any advice or recommendations gratefully received as I’m sure others must have gone through this.