I have recently discovered the fire escape ladder from my flat has corroded meaning it looks likely it is currently unsafe. Given that should a fire happen my tenants might not be able to escape, I am getting it repaired ASAP. My question is in the meantime, should I suspend rent payments, and ask my tenants to not live in the flat or anything like that? Would I need to pay for accomodation for them? If they wanted to stay in the flat, would I be at fault if I let them?
Any advice much appreciated.