Fire brigade forced door, there was no Fire. Who pays for repair?

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    Hi,

    I've just got a message from my letting agency, that during the weekend while tenant was away, one of the neighbours called fire brigade because they thought there was fire in the flat.
    The fire brigade came and broke the door down to gain entrance to empty flat, but it turned out there was no fire!

    Who is responsible for the cost of repairing the door (Landlord, Tenant, Fire Brigade, Neighbour???)

    Thank you for your advice.

  • #2
    Originally posted by pvracko View Post
    Who is responsible for the cost of repairing the door (Landlord, Tenant, Fire Brigade, Neighbour???)
    More information needed... why was the fire brigade called?

    Eg:
    Tenant leaves smoke bomb in vacant flat causing smoke to emerge from window? - tenant is at fault

    Neighbour is a malicious so-and-so, and called the fire brigade out of spite? - neighbour is at fault

    etc etc

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
      Neighbour is a malicious so-and-so, and called the fire brigade out of spite? - neighbour is at fault
      Would find it difficult to prove I am sure!

      Landlord has a legal responsibility to maintain the external doors of the property. If OP thinks the Fire Brigade have acted negligently then he could try taking them to court. I am doubtful that it would work though!
      [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]

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      • #4
        Hi,

        thank you for your reply. Those were my thoughts exactly and I'm still gathering all the information around the exact order of events.
        It's just a strange situation because obviously the door need to be fixed ASAP and it's not cheap. And it will probably have to be me (although it's least of my fault) who pays straight away and then try to claim it from either tenant or neigbour or even fire brigade (if there was no sign of fire, surely they should assess the situation on the spot and not just blindly believe a neighbour - who had exactly the same view/information as them) or my insurance company...

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        • #5
          A fireman on duty and in uniform has the authority to break into a premise if he suspects a fire.

          I am a retired fireman and recall on one occasion we got a call to a reported house fire on arrival we could see the living room was full of smoke so I broke the door down to gain entry only to find it was a partially blocked chimney, it is my understanding the householder claimed off his insurance.

          I have also attended reported fires where there was 'no obvious sign of fire' and we have left without attempting to gain entry.

          I would contact the fire service and ask for an explination as to why they forced entry if there was 'no sign of fire'

          Hope this helps.

          Mr/MrsLandlord

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mr/MrsLandlord View Post
            A fireman on duty and in uniform has the authority to break into a premise if he suspects a fire.


            Mr/MrsLandlord
            that's what the old legislation said, not sure if it has been replaced, but you missed out the point that the fire service may be held responsible for any damage, the 'may' bit always made me smile! as suggested write to the fire brigade and expect the stock reply quoting the legislation - but don't be put off from making a claim from them if you feel it appropriate!

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            • #7
              This is an unfortunate incident, but at the end of the day isn't this one of the reasons why we have insurance policies in place?

              Boot on the other foot, if there was a fire inside, I think you would be grateful the fire service broke in to limit the damage and you would still be making a claim on the insurance policy.

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