Thank you one and all
Thank you one and all
You cannot know this and I doubt very much whether reliable research exists as to whether agents do saftey checks correctly or not. The people who conduct such research usually have a vested interest in producing a certain set of results, one way or another.
Think about it : the vast majority of risks in a rented property are the same as they would be in a private home. The ones which may be a matter of life and death, are covered by statutory regulations. In cases where the risk is increased because the property is being shared by a number of unrelated tenants, HMO licence regulations exist to ensure those properties are as safe as possible.
It just needs a measure of common sense and the bottom line is to ask oneself (and honestly answer) the question : would I be happy for my family to live in this property, from a saftey/security point of view?
If you get this answer wrong, the tenants will soon tell you.
And dont forget the legionella risk assessment; to which I am certain 95% of agents do not do as they dont mention it in their landlord packs (whereas they do for gas safety etc)
well you might burn your fingers......
I am not an expert - my posts are my opinion and should not be taken as fact!!
And the anthrax spore check if any part of the construction involves horsehair (e.g. old lath and plaster).
And the psitticosis check if anyone keeps pigeons within one mile of the property.
And the Bubonic Plague check if there has ever been rat activity in or near the property.
And the 'keel over and die' check if students have been using the fridge.
My tiny contribution. When I was working as a claims manager across a range of many firms of solicitors, if it was discovered, as it sometimes was, that a timely risk assessment had been conducted by the defendant prior to an incident and fair and reasonable steps taken to mitigate any perceived danger, then the claim in every such case was simply dropped. "Such reasonable steps" were often simply to include those in the vicinity of such a hazard that it might exist and have them sign to acknowledge this fact!