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Welcome to the Leaseholder Library

ARMA self-service library offers guidance to leaseholders. We would recommend that you view the documents available to see if they can assist.

If they do not, or you require further information then please contact the Leasehold Advisory Service at They are a government funded body who are able to assist you and they provide free information, initial advice and guidance to members of the public about residential leasehold. They are independent and impartial and all of their advisers are legally qualified.


Posted: 16 / 07 / 2014

Updated: 19 / 07 / 2023

Powered Gates

Following a number of fatalities caused by powered gates in recent years, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a series of safety notices.

They identified several factors that classify automatic gates on residential sites as high risk:

    • Where children may be in close proximity to them
    • Where its not possible to instruct users
    • Where the gates are used by high numbers of the public

Regular risk assessments are required for powered gates including force testing and planned preventative maintenance by a competent person.

Failure to carry out a risk assessment may affect the insurance cover and could lead to prosecution and negligence claims if theres an accident.

This Advice Note looks at what you need to do if there are powered gates on your development. Whist the focus is on gates, the advice also applies to roller shutter doors and barrier arms.