Automist installation in three-storey townhouses in Headington brought about as a result of Oxford City Council extending HMO licensing. The conditions stated: The building is required to have a thirty-minute protected route allowing the occupants to escape without the necessity of passing through a risk room. In lieu of an enclosed 30-minute fire escape route, install an active water-based fire protection system.
The landlord said, "Installing Automist was the obvious solution to my problem; installing a fire-resistant partition would have reduced the lettable space and reduced the rental value of the properties. The Automist system was installed quickly with minimal interference to my tenants or damage to the property."