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Encroaching Legalisation Of Lettings

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Over the past few years we've seen quite a bit of new legislation controlling the provision of rental accommodation. There's the necessity for gas safety certificates, the coming laws about deposits. I think I heard that laws concerning electrical safety have or are going to be tightened up. There's the new register for landlords, and who knows what else.

I'm wondering firstly whether this is a trend, and also whether the trend towards avoiding legal responsibility for any potential problem is going to start discouraging people from renting in the future. We've all heard of horse riding schools closing down due to the risk of being sued. We've heard of whole families who all "fell over" the same crack in the footpath outside their home within about 5 minutes. My son's school has banned any child from bringing in any food with nut products into the school. The list goes on. It seems strange that given the extreme risk-adverse strategies adopted by many organisations that people still seem irrationally keen to rent whole houses to people, complete with potentially lethal or injury causing structures such as stairs and bathrooms, and don't even (as far as I've heard) taken out appropriate insurance. Can this go on?

Billy Shears

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