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Emergency Lighting – How to Make Sure it’s Safe

Emergency Lighting – How to Make Sure it’s Safe

No-one wants to think about the possibility of a life-threatening situation arising at their property, such as a fire or other emergency that might require the occupants to have to leave in a hurry. However, responsible landlords will need to plan for all eventualities to ensure that no harm comes to their tenants. In a dangerous situation, a system of emergency lighting could make all the difference to tenants being able to escape in good time. Hamilton King, a specialist property maintenance company which manages residential apartments from new builds to period properties, explains more about emergency lighting and how to make sure that it is properly maintained so that it is effective when needed. A Landlord’s Obligation to Provide Emergency Lighting Regulations came into force in 2006 which gave the ‘responsible person’ who is in control of commercial premises and the communal areas of a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) the duty of keeping everyone in the building safe. The duty applies whether the people are working in the building, visiting or living there. This duty of care includes providing appropriate emergency lighting. Regulations state that emergency routes and exits which need to be lit must be provided with emergency lighting of sufficient brightness in the case of failure of the normal lighting. Which Properties Need Emergency Lighting? Generally, a property could benefit from an emergency lighting system if the escape routes are long and the building’s design is complex, if there is no natural or borrowed lighting along the escape route and if the occupants are vulnerable. ‘Borrowed light’ means light coming from a source which could be considered reliable, such as street lighting. For houses of multiple occupancy of four storeys, emergency lighting may be appropriate if the escape route is complex; for HMOs of five or six storeys, emergency lighting is strongly recommended. Evolution of Emergency Lighting The obvious purpose of emergency lighting is for it to come on when there is a power outage, so an emergency light needs a battery or generator to give it an independent source of power. The first emergency lights were incandescent light bulbs which only provided dim light and gave barely enough light to see to repair the power problem or evacuate the building’s inhabitants. Better systems were soon developed, and a modern emergency floodlight gives good illumination in the form of high-lumen light. Many modern lights are...

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Hamilton King Management Limited strives to deliver best value for lessees

A service charge is a tenant’s contribution to the costs of running and maintaining the shared areas of a communal dwelling building. Precisely what this entails depends on the type of premises, but typically includes lift and stairwell maintenance, garden upkeep, cleaning and regular repairs to keep on top of wear and tear. Hamilton King Management Limited is not linked to any particular contractor or insurer and always aims to deliver best value for money when instructing contractors to carry out maintenance and repair work on the properties it manages. The company has over 21 years of experience of managing a variety of different types of multiple occupancy premises. The company also appreciates the fact that dealing with repair issues in a timely manner helps to prevent problems escalating. As well as operating a rolling inspection procedure on its properties, Hamilton King Management Limited also makes it easy for residents themselves to report problems, over the telephone and by email. The company is also the point of contact for lessees who wish to make alterations to their properties or who wish to extend their...

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Buildings Regulations from Hamilton King Residential Property Management

Residential property management companies are usually put in place to look after the communal needs of a building or estate where there ae common areas and where the individual properties are owned on a leasehold basis. Typically the property manager will organise and supervise any on-site staff or contractors such as cleaners and porters, electricians, gardeners, repair and maintenance contractors and decorators. The property manager collects a pre-agreed service charge from each lessee in the building to pay for routine maintenance, emergency repairs and aesthetics such as garden maintenance and decorating in communal areas. The service charge can also cover services such as buildings insurance, fire risk assessments and other safety checks. There are a variety of building regulations in place, which property managers must adhere to. In terms of insurance, the property managers must be regulated by the FCA for activities such as negotiating and arranging contracts. Fire risk assessments, electrical maintenance and safety checks, structural safety checks and procedures and asbestos checks where necessary are all covered by strict regulations also. While there is no blanket statutory regulation of property management companies in place in England, where a property management firm has control of communal and external areas of a building they are subject to the same rules and regulations as a landlord. Hamilton King is a specialist property management firm operating across a wide scope of building types, from new builds to old concerted period homes. As property managers, the team at Hamilton King are dedicated to providing services to all lessees which are both high quality and affordable. Regulation checks and maintenance such as fire safety are carried out on a regular basis at all properties and the costs for these are clearly set out in each individual lease as part of the annual service charge. Like all good property management firms, part of the job of Hamilton King is to source contractors which offer the best value for money for residents. To achieve value for money a service must be of the quality which residents expect while remaining within a reasonable budget. You can follow Hamilton King Management on Twitter to find out more about the work of a property management...

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