Door Entry System Upgrade

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    Door Entry System Upgrade

    Hi
    I'm the lessee of a flat in a 6 flat block.
    Although there is a main door intercom connected to each flat, when residents answer they cannot buzz open the main door but have to open it manually. This system was put in place many years ago for security purposes after a spate of break-ins and since then there has been none.
    A lessee of another flat has now suggested a video entry system should be installed to replace the current one. This would increase convenience but decrease security as far as I can see.
    I have three questions bearing in mind the lease has no provision for the cost of improvements to be put on the service charge account and also makes no reference anywhere to intercoms/door entry systems.
    1. Would the installation of a phone entry system be classified as an improvement ?
    2. Likewise would a video entry system be classified as an improvement ?
    3. Even if classified as an improvement could the costs of a system installed still be attributed to the s/c account for any reason?
    Thanks for any answers.

    #2
    If your block of flats is located in a rough neighbourhood, then security of the flat against break-ins is more important than having convenience of remote door opening.

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      #3
      Thanks Gordon999. I live in Maida Hill London W9. Five minutes walk one way is Little Venice, five minutes the other is a horrible bit of Harrow Road. Your post makes me realise I'm out of touch with how much burglary goes on round here nowadays so I'll try to find out.

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        #4
        Not valid service charge work unless allowed by lease which would surprise me.

        How demanding is it to walk to the door and open it in a 6 dwellings building !?

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          #5
          1. Yes
          2. Yes
          3. Yes, if all 6 agree or specified in lease.
          Most London flats have door entry systems so you could probably argue it's essential these days.
          Why not combine with CCTV installation ?

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            #6
            If 6 flats over 3 levels is it really worth it. If 6 flats over 6 levels I can see the point, especially if top flats are constantly coming down to calls to accept deliveries for other flats.

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              #7
              We are in the process of looking at something similar as we speak. We are not opting for video entry and there is the complication of additional wiring. However, for a block of 42 flats, we are looking at a boarded system which calls a number (mobile or home) with a fob system. The cost of this is very reasonable given the size of the block, £2K per stairwell (We have 4) and an annual charge of £1,000 admin.

              Sounds like for security purposes its essential. Most blocks in London now have them

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                #8
                Fair point andy. Could of course be 3 on 2 levels. I commented without relevant facts.

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                  #9
                  Thank you for your replies which give me food for thought.
                  Actually there are 3 floors and my flat occupies the third floor so I am the most inconvenienced by the present arrangement but don't mind as being a reclusive kind of person don't get a lot of people ringing my bell anyway!

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