I live in a housing trust property, a ground floor flat in a communal block of six that’s secured so only ground floor tenants can access the rear of the property.
The housing trust has said they will not grant me permission to install a cat flap as it “compromises fire safety and security of the property.”
After some research I believe this to be nothing but banal bureauracy hidden behind a baseless statement. Why? Because I want the cat flap installed in a double glazed window panel. Entirely at my own cost and the main benefit is I keep the original window pane which should I ever move out is easily reinstalled.
I can find no documentation or evidence around communal property fire safety that mentions cat flaps in relation to windows, it’s always about the structure of doors which shouldn’t be altered and is not what I’m looking do to anyway. I fail to see how a cat flap in a window represents a fire safety risk.
As for security, I currently leave a smaller window open 24 hours a day for my cats to come and go through. As winter comes around this will not be practical of course hence needing the cat flap. I can only do it because of the secure compound but an open window is still a) far more of a security risk than a cat flap and b) my choice to take that risk in my own home.
Anyone who did manage to gain entry to the property wouldn’t be able to get access to the inside communal area of the block as the front doors are entirely key secured, inside and out.
I’d appreciate any experienced views on this situation 🙂