There is a multitude of legislation in the UK Market safeguarding tenant. Arthur looks at a landlords’ legal responsibilities and tips to improve tenant safety.
According to figures by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, every year around 6000 deaths are caused by home accidents.
Children are the most vulnerable, with at least two million children under the age of 15 falling victim to domestic hazards.
With legislation in place to minimise the risks posed to renters of all ages, this article analyses how these risks are mitigated for with legislation but also tips to ensure further safety.
Basic landlord responsibilities:
Every private landlord must meet a series of basic legal responsibilities. These include, fitting a smoke alarm on each floor of a property, fitting a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing solid fuel appliances, ensuring all alarms work at the start of a new tenancy and carrying out gas safety checks on a yearly basis.
Landlords are also responsible for keeping the electricity supply in good working conditions. Landlords are advised to provide sufficient and appropriately situated electricity sockets to prevent overloading and excessive use of extension leads. Additionally, visual checks of electrical appliances should be carried out to provide extra protection.
Landlords must also provide a fire blanket in the kitchen in case of localised fires, in addition to appropriately documented fire safety escape routes.
Additional steps to protect your tenants:
In addition to the legislated requirements, there are many improvements landlords can implement to ensure additional safety for their tenants.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents provides further guidelines for those landlords that wish to go the extra mile in safeguarding their tenants. Amongst the suggestions, there is mention for additional carbon monoxide alarms. The guidelines suggest they should be fitted in all properties featuring gas appliances, not just those where there are solid fuel appliances.
Another common area tenants fall victim to are trip and falls which are often the result of loose rugs, damaged handrails, and poorly lit stairs. Including these areas into quarterly inspections and repairs after the end of a tenancy, are a great way to reduce the risks faced by your tenants.
The safety of children cannot be understated. The most common risk children face comes from falls from height. This can be mitigated for very efficiently and economically by providing stair gates and windows restrictors to ensure they open to no more than 100mm.
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