Balcony Regulations

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Subsequent to a dangerous incident at Titanic Mill over the weekend of the 17th & 18th July, it has become necessary for rules surrounding the use of balconies to be more strictly enforced.

Effective immediately and in accordance with Clauses 20.1(c) and 20.2(c) of the lease, we ask that all Leaseholders and residents of Titanic Mill ensure that no items are left on balconies when they are not in use.

Clause 20.1(c) of the lease states:

  • Not hanging clothes, linen, or furnishings outside the property or on any balcony or in the Communal Areas nor affix any plant holding receptacles or hanging baskets to any part of the balcony

Clause 20.2(c) of the lease states that:

  • When using any of the reserved property neither the Lessee nor any member of the Lessees’ household may: Leave any furniture, package, bicycle or toy theron, nor allow any to be left

In reference to the ‘reserved property’, please note that this is defined in the lease as including balconies. References to ‘balconies’ include the floor, walls and railings.

We appreciate that these clauses are quite restrictive, and that residents understandably wish to be able to enjoy use of their balconies. As such, we are allowing a concession for balcony furniture to be permitted, but only whilst it is in use. This means that during any period in which the resident is not actively using the balcony, any item must be taken inside the apartment and never left outside unattended. Please note that this concession can be withdrawn at any time, should we find that it has been abused. We hope that this will be respected for the benefit and safety of all residents and visitors.

We ask that all items currently affixed to balconies be immediately removed. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Chairs, loungers, tables & parasols
  • Plant pots, planters & hanging baskets
  • Artificial grass
  • Screening of any kind, including bamboo
  • Decorative items such as ornaments
  • Lighting
  • Hooks & brackets
  • Washing lines
  • Patio heaters
  • Gardening/pruning equipment
  • Toys & bicycles
  • Ashtrays
  • Flags & bunting

Some of the items listed are not only not permitted under the lease, but also under planning restrictions.

Due to the seriousness of the incident in July, and the potential repercussions of a repeated incident, we hope all Leaseholders can understand and appreciate why we feel it necessary to take this step. For the safety of all residents and visitors to Titanic Mill, we hope that your cooperation can be relied upon.

A notice will be posted on the noticeboard in the Entrance Hall of the building shortly to confirm these regulations. However, we ask that all Leaseholders with sub-tenants contact their Letting Agent or tenant directly to make them aware of the regulations and ensure that they comply, as any breaches on behalf of sub-tenants will be considered the liability of the Leaseholder. Whilst enforcement of this issue may have been lax in the past, breaches of this regulation will no longer be tolerated, and legal action may be taken under Section 146 of the Law & Property Act 1925 for repeated violations.

Thank you for your cooperation

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