Fire and Building Safety (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

How many residential buildings in London are currently subject to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) estimates there are around 55,000 apartment buildings over 11m where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) would apply. Separately to the MHCLG estimate, London Fire Brigade (LFB) is aware of 17,588 blocks of flats of three floors or less; 7,208 houses of two floors or less that have been converted to flats; 1,070 purpose built flats; 16,671 premises converted to flats; 795 halls of residence for over 18 students; 23 accommodation blocks for students under the age of 18; 2,784 hostels and 3,130 CQC registered care homes for which they hold fire safety files.

This does not include residential accommodation above commercial premises such shops and offices where they are part of the same premises as this would be recorded under the commercial use. LFB has not sought to identify the number of premises, as the local authority have the lead for fire safety in those premises.