Ringley Group launches Fire Door Inspection toolkit

Ringley Group, the residential asset management and operational partner, launches Fire Door Inspection toolkit for landlords and leaseholders.

Fire Door Inspection toolkit launched by Ringley Group | BTR News

Ringley Group, the £6bn (AUM) residential asset management and operational partner, has launched a Fire Door Inspection toolkit for landlords and leaseholders. Aimed at building owners in the Build to Rent, co-living and senior-living sectors, as well as leaseholders, the toolkit offers a turnkey solution to managing fire door safety compliance. It includes an inspection booking system, fire door inspector diaries, compliance certificates, work schedules, and detailed reports to identify requirements for remediation, all powered through an app.

The toolkit seeks to streamline routine fire safety management processes. Using the app, residents can book inspections, leaseholders can upload proof of remedial works, and landlords can view reports on a block-by-block or site-wide basis. Pass or Fail Certificates declaring whether all 42 fire safety criteria have been met are also issued in-app, along with reports and advice notes for owners. The toolkit is linked to QR codes on doors, allowing this information to be transferred to owners’ CRM systems automatically.

New regulations from the Fire Safety Act 2021 were implemented in January, with landlords now legally obliged to ensure communal and apartment front doors are declared safe by independent inspectors. For buildings over 11 metres, the law stipulates communal doors must be inspected quarterly and apartment front doors once per year. For buildings under 11 metres the requirement is to inspect communal fire doors twice a year.

Ringley’s toolkit aims to ease the logistical burden the new regulations pose to building owners, including by simplifying the capture of the audit trail now required.

It is estimated that an average of one in five fire doors have faults, leaving owners open to penalties, reports to the Fire Service and/or local authority, court orders and in extreme cases, forfeiture, if left un-remediated.

Lettings teams can also use inspection certificates to illustrate building safety to existing and prospective tenants, while leaseholders looking to sell their home also require proof of compliance.  

“Ensuring fire door safety is critically important for landlords from a legal and portfolio protection standpoint. It is a mammoth task and is logistically intensive, which partly explains why many have been too slow on the uptake. There is a gaping hole when it comes to the availability of efficient, tech-led solutions to take it out of their hands, and our toolkit responds to this pain point.

“Fire door compliance is the latest feature in a string of safety and ESG related regulatory changes threatening portfolio value, and landlords can’t afford to overlook the importance of staying on top of them.”

Mary-Anne Bowring, Group Managing Director, Ringley Group

Ringley specialises in operational and asset management strategies for the living sector. It works with organisations including Europa Capital, Patrizia and Rise Homes, and has £6bn across 13,700 mixed-tenure homes under management.