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How can tenants stay safe in rented homes?

Statistics show that people in rented homes are disproportionately likely to suffer injuries relating to carbon monoxide, electricity, gas and fire than owner-occupiers. This is somewhat surprising considering the fact that landlords are legally required to arrange annual gas safety certificates and to ensure that their properties are safe for people to live in, while…

What is the link between fuel poverty and carbon monoxide poisoning?

A new study seeks to understand the relationship between fuel poverty and carbon monoxide poisoning. National Energy Action is to lead the research, which will examine households that qualify for assistance from the Priority Services Register and look for possible links with carbon monoxide poisoning. This investigation follows a study from the Department of Health…

Do new landlord safety requirements go far enough?

Did the government go far enough when it created legislation that obliged landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their property portfolio? The measures, which come into force on 10th October 2015 pending Parliamentary approval, are predicted to prevent 670 injuries and 26 deaths every year. Landlords will be compelled to fit smoke…

What are landlords’ gas safety obligations?

Landlords have a number of gas safety obligations, as outlined in the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. These responsibilities aim to ensure that tenants’ properties are in a safe manner and that all gas fittings and features are maintained and hazard-free. Therefore, the duties faced by landlords are: Ensuring that flues, installation pipework…

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Home Emergencies

Home emergencies can strike at any time. You might be sitting at home one day when a brick flies through your front room, leaving your home open to burglars. You might be putting a nail into the wall when you accidentally cut through a main electric cable and short out the rest of your power.…