All the communal areas of residential blocks, including hallways, stairs and shared balconies, are the responsibility of Grand Union Housing Group. We have a legal obligation to ensure that these areas remain safe to use and free from items that may cause or contribute to a fire. Our staff and contractors visit our housing schemes on a regular basis and, where they find items stored or left in communal areas, they will try to identify the owner and request that they are removed immediately. If the items are not removed by the owner (or the owner cannot be identified) then arrangements will be made for the items to be removed. This will apply to all items even if it is likely that they are needed and are in constant use. This is because health and safety is absolutely paramount. If the resident that owns the item(s) is identified we will charge him or her for all removal costs. If the owner of the item(s) is not identified then costs will be payable by all residents equally via their service charges. We do understand that storage space is limited, especially for residents that live in small flats. However for the safety of everyone it is vital that you keep all your personal belongings inside your home. Our responsibilities are outlined in this fire safety leaflet.