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One In Five Privated Rentals Not Safe

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From the Gas Safe Register website

Despite landlords having a legal duty to tenants to ensure all gas appliances and flues are safe, new figures from Gas Safe Register reveal private tenants are at greater risk from a gas explosion, fire, leak or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning than homeowners.

Since January 2012, Gas Safe Register - the UK’s official gas safety authority – inspected gas work in nearly 43,000 homes nationally. Of the properties which were privately rented, more than one in five (22 per cent) were found to be unsafe and could have resulted in a gas fire, leak, explosion or CO poisoning. This is compared to 16 per cent of privately owned homes found to be unsafe and just 12 per cent of homes rented through a local authority or housing association. With 4.1 million privately let properties in Britain, these figures suggest there could be around 900,000 homes at risk.

More at link

http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/news/gas_safe_register_news/nearly_a_million_privately_ren.aspx?year=

One of the many reasons, I'm sure, why the Welsh Assembly wants a mandatory licensing scheme with accreditation for all private rented sector landlords and letting and management agents in Wales, in the Housing (Wales) Bill.

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/housingandcommunity/housing/housingbill/specific-elements/private-rented-housing/?lang=en

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Where did they get the figures on privately owned gas safety? There is no requirement for a private owner to have their gas appliances checked, should they not want/not be able to afford to.

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Where did they get the figures on privately owned gas safety? There is no requirement for a private owner to have their gas appliances checked, should they not want/not be able to afford to.

Indeed. My (rental) gas cert ran out at the start of the year. Re-assuring to know the landlord is disorganised but its been done twice before for me so I'm not overly concerned. There's plenty wrong with the gas installation that a gas safety check does nothing to improve.

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Indeed. My (rental) gas cert ran out at the start of the year. Re-assuring to know the landlord is disorganised but its been done twice before for me so I'm not overly concerned. There's plenty wrong with the gas installation that a gas safety check does nothing to improve.

Its got to meet standards to get a pass though?

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