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Fire safety in high rise buildings

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This page is about what we are doing to make sure high rise buildings in Leeds are safe, following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London. The information and links on this page are for:​​

  • tenants of multi-storey council flats
  • tenants and users of privately owned high rise buildings
  • owners, landlords and managers of high rise buildings

The current situation

  • In July the council’s Executive Board discussed a report into how Leeds has responded, looking at issues for consideration both in the immediate term and over the coming months
  • Leeds city council has 116 blocks of multi-storey flats. 23 have some form of cladding. None of the cladding is the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) type involved in the Grenfell Tower incident in London. The council has started a programme of testing on wall treatments in in its older tower blocks, to provide further reassurance
  • We have written to all tenants in all council high-rise blocks after a series of drop-in events with senior managers. We have also provided safety advice and other regular updates to tenants by letter and online
  • In partnership with the fire service we continue to work with the owners and landlords of private rental high rise flats and apartments to make sure they are following the latest government advice and carrying out required safety checks
  • Shortly after the fire at Grenfell Tower, we asked all schools to update their safety checks, and send a letter of reassurance to parents
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust have provided an update about fire safety in hospitals in Leeds

If you are a council tenant

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You can find full information and safety advice from Housing Leeds on the Fire safety information for residents in high rise flats page. All our high-rise tenants have been sent a summary of the issues raised at the safety drop-in sessions. Thank you to everyone who took part. We continue to work with local residents to respond to any issues you have raised about safety in your buildings. ​​


If you live in a private rented high rise block

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The fire service advice is to take up safety concerns with the Responsible Person for the premises which is likely to be the managing agent or landlord. If residents have concerns about their own safety within their flat, then they can request a visit from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service by visiting www.westyorksfire.gov.uk​​


If you have concerns about high-rise student accommodation

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have issued a new fire safety information video aimed at students. The University of Leeds has recently issued an updated statement about its buildings and student accommodation, and also publishes full fire safety advice. Leeds Beckett does not own directly any student accommodation, but are working with their student accommodation partners to ensure that all student accommodation is as safe as possible.​​


If you are the owner, landlord or manager of a high-rise building in Leeds

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The government’s programme of large-scale tests of cladding and insulation systems is completed and the results and guidance have been published. You should:​​

  • Stay up to date by visiting Gov.uk's Building Safety Programme page, and registering for updates on test results and advice
  • Follow the government advice as test results are published, to decide whether you need to take any action – this will depend on how your building is constructed
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