We are installing lifesaving fire safety equipment to our converted street properties.
Leaseholders who own this type of property will have received a Notice of Intention, NOI, about installing Automatic Fire Detection Systems, AFDs.
Tenants will be contacted directly with more information about AFDs before works start this year.
Here are some frequently asked questions about this equipment and information about your payment responsibilities if you are a leaseholder.
|What is an Automatic Fire Detection, AFD?|
|The AFD consists of a fire control panel, FCP, that will be positioned on the wall in the communal area by the entrance to your building. The FCP will monitor the status, for example of a fire or fault, with the smoke/heat detectors in the property. A live report is sent by email to Lewisham Homes where appropriate actions will be taken.|
|Will any smoke alarms be installed in my home?|
|A wireless heat detector will be installed inside the front door of your home in the hallway ceiling.|
|How big will the heat detector be?||The height of the detector is 6.5cm or 65mm, and the diameter is 11.5cm or 115mm.|
|I already have smoke alarms in my home, why do I need another one?|
|The heat detector is different to a smoke alarm as it activates on temperature rise and will not sound from household smells such as if you burn your toast! The heat detector in each home will be linked to the Fire Control Panel and provide early warning to all occupants in the building, not just you.|
|Will the heat detectors be wired into my home?|
|No, as these are wireless devices, only two screws are required to secure the heat detector to your ceiling and will be installed with minimum disruption.|
|Why are Lewisham Homes carrying out these works?|
|Under the Regulatory Reform or Fire Safety Order 2005, acting on behalf of your landlord, we’re required to provide a means of adequate fire detection to converted properties with a minimum of two storeys. |
|Why are you installing an AFD system instead of a cheaper smoke alarm system?|
|After seeking expert technical advice we’ve decided to install AFD systems as they provide a long term cost effective solution and give peace of mind and are of far greater benefit to our residents. The remote monitoring capability alone ensures the system can be maintained more closely and reduce the risk of failures in the event of a fire.|
FAQS for Leaseholders only
|Why have I received a Notice of Intention, NOI, about these works?|| |
There are regulations governing the way in which a landlord must consult with leaseholders about works that will cost any leaseholder more than £250.00. The Regulations require that a Notice of Intention about the proposed works is sent to leaseholders. The NOI you’ve received gives a general description of the works, invites you to nominate a contractor and to give your observations on the proposed works by the date included on the Notice.
|Will I receive any other information before the works begin?|| |
Yes. You will receive at least one further notice providing you with information about the costs. This will be sent to you after the contractors have submitted their tender.
|Will I have to pay for the works and if so will I have to pay all in one go?|| |
When the works are complete an invoice for your share of the costs will be sent to you. Payment is due within 28 days of the date on the invoice. Resident leaseholders will be able to pay the bill in up to 10 interest free monthly instalments. Details of how to pay will be sent with your invoice for your share of the works.
|Is ongoing maintenance for the AFD expensive and will I have to pay for it?|| |
As the responsible organisation under the Regulatory Reform or Fire Safety Order 2005, we must maintain the AFD system, particularly because it can save lives.
Having taken legal advice and in accordance with the terms of your lease, we will not be charging you for the ongoing maintenance costs of the AFD system.
Automated Fire Detection forms part of our commitment into improving fire safety standards for our residents. We have invested £13 million into fire safety work since 2011.