Progress in fire safety remediation of high-rise social housing in England

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Overview of Fire Safety Remediation Survey

The second Fire Safety Remediation Survey for buildings over 11 metres in England was conducted between 1 December and 31 December 2023, with findings as of 30 November 2023.

This survey, aimed at large and small landlords, is part of a continuous effort to ensure fire safety in multi-occupied, medium and high-rise buildings.

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) and the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have overseen this initiative, emphasizing the importance of landlords meeting their obligations under the Fire Safety (Regulatory) Order 2005.

Key Findings and Progress

According to the November 2023 survey, significant progress has been made in fire safety remediation.

Data from 96% of landlords, including 100% of large private registered providers (PRPs) and local authority registered providers (LARPs), showed an improvement in remediation delivery compared to the first survey.

Out of 1,437 landlords, 30% reported responsibility for at least one building over 11 metres, primarily large landlords.

These landlords reported a total of 17,320 buildings over 11 metres, with 97.6% having undergone fire risk assessments.

Notably, 1,952 buildings were identified with life critical fire safety (LCFS) defects related to external wall systems (EWS), and remedial work is underway or planned for a majority of these buildings.

Future Expectations and Responsibilities

Landlords expect that 78% of buildings with EWS-related LCFS defects will be remediated within the next five years.

The survey emphasizes the role of boards and councillors in ensuring landlords meet legal obligations and manage identified risks effectively.

Ensuring organizations have robust systems and processes for fire safety management is crucial for tenant safety.

The survey also underscores the need for accurate and up-to-date data on fire safety.

IFSJ Comment

The latest survey results demonstrate a positive trend in addressing fire safety concerns in England’s high-rise social housing.

The increased participation and improvements in data quality from landlords indicate a growing awareness and commitment to ensuring tenant safety.

The survey reflects the ongoing efforts to meet legal obligations and manage fire safety risks effectively.

The continuous improvement in fire safety standards is essential for the well-being of residents in high-rise buildings.

As the sector moves forward, these efforts will likely serve as a benchmark for fire safety management in residential buildings.

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