Rented Housing: Fire Hazards:Written question - 370

Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Rented Housing: Fire Hazards
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the use of polystyrene ceiling tiles in rented accommodation.
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 10 July 2017

Under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, older polystyrene ceiling tiles that are identified in rented accommodation inspections as being a fire risk, can be subject to an Improvement Notice served by the Local Authority, requiring their removal. Failure to comply with an improvement Notice is a criminal offence, for which local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 or prosecute in the courts which have the power to impose an unlimited fine.

Unmodified polystyrene ceiling tiles do not comply with Building Regulations guidance , and so any new build home or other building should not be using them.

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