As you know, fire safety is a priority for property management companies as, ultimately, the safety of residents must always be at the forefront.
As property managers, we often have to contact residents regarding personal items being kept in the communal areas, and this is often seen as an annoyance by residents.
We try and explain that the communal areas are not permitted to be used for personal items as this is a direct breach of the lease, which is an important issue in itself, as the lease is legally binding and, in the event of a fire, particularly during darkness, all areas may be smoke filled and residents could potentially fall over items if they need to feel their way out of a building. This is why we constantly ask for pushchairs, bikes and other items to be removed.
Furthermore, combustible items can ignite and burn easily, thus making a bad situation considerably worse, putting lives at risk.
We always hope that residents understand that the safety of others must take priority.