Communal Areas in Flats

In the interests of health and safety, Derby Homes operates a clear communal area policy to avoid the risk of people being hindered by objects in communal areas when evacuating in an emergency.

 The communal areas in your block such as the stairs, stairwells, landings and corridors are a means of escape to safety for you and your neighbours if there is a fire. 

 The stairs, stairwells, landings and corridors are also a means by which fire and rescue services fight a fire and evacuate people to safety.  It is therefore really important for you to keep these communal areas clear at all times. 

 Everyone living in your block is responsible for keeping the communal areas clear and you are not allowed to store or use the following in any communal area:

  • rubbish
  • furniture
  • prams/push chairs
  • plants
  • doormats
  • play equipment
  • mobility scooters
  • any other personal items

 Derby Homes regularly inspects blocks of flats and any items found in the communal areas will be immediately removed and disposed of after we have notified you of our intention to do so.

 In some blocks of flats, we employ cleaners to clean the communal areas every week or two weeks.  This does not mean that you are not responsible for keeping the communal areas clean and tidy. 

 Please contact your Housing Office if you would like to know more. They can arrange to contact the rest of the tenants in your block and, if most of them agree, we can arrange a cleaning service.  There will be a small additional charge on your rent to cover the cost.

Door Entry systems

 We provide door entry systems on blocks of flats and maisonettes so that only genuine tenants and their visitors can get in.  Please help to keep the flats safe and do not:

  • let someone you do not know into the building
  • let visitors into the building for your neighbour
  • ask your neighbours to let visitors in for you
  • wedge the door open and leave it open for any reason.

 If you let strangers into the building you will reduce the security for yourself and everyone else living in the block.