ZM takes matters of this nature very seriously. We understand they are currently investigating the position with the Council. It is likely for this matter to take a little while to understand the cause and resolution, but as we understand ZM has made it a high priority matter.
In respect of fire safety, Folkestone & Hythe DC has a statutory duty under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, to regularly assess the risk of fire in properties where it has responsibility for maintenance. Having identified the hazards and people at risk, it is also required to take precautions to prevent the risk of fire. The regulator has learned that up until mid-2019, Folkestone & Hythe DC had around 500 outstanding actions arising from Fire Risk Assessments. Some of the actions had been outstanding for a significant period of time.
Was this deliberate or accidental? We’ll leave you to mull that over.
Now if you are a Council tenant you’ve no need to worry as the council can effectively ’self insure’ – ie take on the financial obligations/liabilities of an insurance policy.
However, if you are a leaseholder of a Council property this might affect you if there is an obligation on the council to insure under the lease. So you’ll need to check your lease.
We understand Council leaseholders have exercised their right under section 22 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to inspect documents relating to their service charges. Service charge payers (leaseholders) have written to their landlord – Folkestone & Hythe District Council – requiring the landlord to allow access to and inspection of the accounts, receipts and any other documents relevant to the service charge information in the summary and to provide facilities for them to be copied. However, as we understand the Council has never responded to the requests made by leaseholders and Cllrs are doing little if anything to help them enforce their rights.
None of the above comes as a surprise to the Shepwayvox Team, nor you possibly, as the shambles which is our Council stumbles through crisis after crisis.
The Shepwayvox Team
The Velvet Voices of Dissent
(RIP Terry Jones 1942 – 2020)