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I would like to know if I am legally required to replace the two bedroom (both?) windows upstairs with fire exit windows and if I do indeed need fans and automatic doors in a bathroom so it doesn't spoil food in the kitchen next door. The house is mid terrace, over 100yrs old, in good condition, been rented out for about 5 years with two bedrooms to two people (hence not HMO). Building regs all seem to apply to new builds. Could you specify what exactly you need more info on please as I seem to be repeating myself. Thanks.
No, the council came round inspecting the place to make sure it wasn't an HMO and raised it to me afterwards. Gave me a three month deadline to get it sorted.
Unless these are replacement windows, installedafter 1 April 2002, they do not have to be opening.
The same applies to the bathroom, it does nothave to have ventilation unless it was recently upgraded (within the last 10years).
If it's a house in multiple occupation, thesituation is different and the local authority can dictate.
This appears not to be the case.
I think what the local authority have done withyou is dressed up what are actually "advisory" matters, as mandatory matters.
My suggestion would be to write back to theCouncil and asked them to point out which section of which act or whichregulation you are needed to comply with in order to do this work. You want tocheck the regulation to make sure that it is done satisfactorily!
I would see what they come back with before I doanything because based upon the facts that you have given me, you are under noobligation to do this work.
However I will tell you that as he does now beenbrought to your attention, if you do not change the windows, and someone getsinjured or killed in a fire you could face jail for criminal negligence.
In a slightly different way, with the ventilationand the lack of, if this leads to the formation of any kind of mould or fungusand anyone has asthma or breathing difficulties or any other problems as aresult, you can now be held negligent once again, because the issue has beenraised with you and you have chosen to ignore it.
Choice therefore is yours as to whether youignore this or do the work.
Remember, I can only answer based upon the factsyou give me.
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Thanks a lot for your advice, the bathroom won't be a source of mould etc as it does actually have a window that opens. I think a fire exit upstairs is a reasonable idea but not to the specifications the council ask for...
Thanks again, helps me proceed and see more sense in the issue.
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