A colleague at Oak Industrial recently escaped from a block of flats which was on fire. The neighbour had left a cigarette burning on a bed and the property became engulfed in smoke and the fire began to spread throughout the flat. The fire brigade had to carry the neighbour to safety as he was trapped in the flat.

ThankfFire-damage-cleaningully everybody was OK! He sent us some pictures of the stairwells after the event.

Fire Damage in Scotland – No Factor

Most properties in Scotland will have a factor who manages the communal areas. We work with a number of different factors to provide stairwell cleaning and tenancy cleaning services after a tenant has moved out. However, in some cases there is no factor. So, what happens?

Well, if there is no tenant then the onus falls on the residents to get together and organise the cleaning. This will ultimately depend on the split between council / housing association and private tenants. In the case of our colleague, the block of flats is split 50 / 50 between social tenants and private rental (or homeowners).

If the split is more in favour of housing association / council tenants then the housing association or council will take the initiative and start the cleaning. If the properties are predominantly private, then you can start the process and get quotations from companies to begin the cleaning. Each homeowner would be responsible for their share of the cleaning and if there were any social housing tenants the council/ housing association would pay for their tenant’s share of the cleaning.

Quotes For Fire Damage

Our colleague is taking 2 weeks off work to help resolve his fire damaged property and the stairwells have had an interim clean to remove the ash and dirt from the walls.

We can provide quotations to clean up after fire damage for homeowners or factors. If you would like our help please leave your details on our quick quote page and we’ll call you back.

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Oak Industrial


Oak Industrial is a commercial cleaning and washroom services specialist operating across Scotland. Since 1995 we have been supporting commercial organisations, charities and voluntary groups with their cleaning and washroom services needs.

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