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Asbestos and fire risk assessment

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Melmagpie Wed 24-Oct-12 13:09:07

I'm selling my flat and solicitor tells me this is now required for communal areas. Anyone had it done? Been quoted £375 + VAT and wondering whether to shop around. Solicitor said it was about £600 so this seems not bad...

lalalonglegs Wed 24-Oct-12 13:18:28

It is the freeholder's obligation so, if you are not the freeholder, check with them to see if they have had one done.

Melmagpie Wed 24-Oct-12 13:23:31

Thanks - I am a co-freeholder. we have not had one done before. Should I propose that it is an expense for the freehold company rather than one for me personally?

GrandPoohBah Wed 24-Oct-12 13:31:08

Yes, if it affects the communal areas.

As a resident you may be able to get your local fire service to come and make a recommendation on fire safety which should do the job if it's a small block/conversion. Asbestos reports depend on how big the development is - I instructed one recently for £230+vat for 5 units.

GrandPoohBah Wed 24-Oct-12 13:32:14

I'm assuming it's a small block because it sounds like you self-manage...

Melmagpie Wed 24-Oct-12 13:34:58

It's a converted house so just four flats.

I had the fire brigade round cos I kept worrying about fire after i had the children! but don't think I have an actual report from them.

GrandPoohBah Wed 24-Oct-12 13:44:46

Might be worth contacting them and asking if they can make any recommendations - that might do it. Fire risk assessments are best prentice rather than the law, unlike asbestos reports.

Melmagpie Wed 24-Oct-12 13:46:25

That's great, thank you very much for your help.

Melmagpie Wed 24-Oct-12 15:13:32

if anyone has recommendations of specific surveyors for this I'd be grateful - looking to beat the £375 quote...

Melmagpie Wed 24-Oct-12 15:13:43

am in London by the way

GrandPoohBah Thu 25-Oct-12 14:23:39

For asbestos reports? Try Tasc and Companion smile

Melmagpie Fri 26-Oct-12 07:59:22

Thanks, will do

Melmagpie Sun 28-Oct-12 12:14:17

Hi again GrandPoohBah - just to let you know I've found out that the fire risk assessment IS now also law, apparently, according to my solicitor...

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