Keep you and your neighbours safe from fires
Items left in shared and communal areas can put your safety and the safety of others at risk. They may cause a fire or get in the way of people trying to escape from a fire. Your tenancy or lease agreement says that you must keep shared areas clear, tidy and free from obstruction. We now have to enforce this more strictly than before.
At most of our properties we have taken a zero tolerance approach. If we adopt a zero tolerance approach at your property, you cannot leave ANY items in shared areas. If we find an item we will ask you to move it. If you fail to do so, we will arrange for its removal and disposal.
In some properties, a managed approach is in place. This means you can keep items in areas we agree will not cause a problem. What you can keep in the shared areas depends on the size of the area, and the location. We will let you know what you can and cannot keep. Items which we may ask you to remove include (but are not limited to):
- Shoes/shoe racks.
- Clothes/storage boxes/bin bags.
- Brooms/bin baskets.
- Door mats (flammable).
- Any flammable items.
We will put fire safety signs up at your property to let you know what approach is in place. For more information you can speak with your neighbourhood, leasehold or supported housing officer.
In all cases, if we remove your items, we will consider charging you for the removal cost.
Find out more in our new fire safety pages, including ways that you can get rid of items that you cannot store by recycling them or contacting your local authority to remove them. Please contact us if you have any questions.view all news stories