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Letting Agent Faces Legal Action For Laxity In Fire Safety
By: Rentals London
The worst case in one property where a staircase handrail was in danger and it was not securely fixed to the wall. In another case exit doors had no fire safety safeguards as they were kept locked.
According to Councillor, these problems, if left unresolved, would have led to serious consequences including death of tenants. He made it clear that the ultimate aim is to ensure the safety of tenants in the borough and the Council will work with private landlords and agents towards that end. To safeguard the tenants in the borough the Council will be working in close cooperation with private landlords and agents as much as possible.
Prosecution a Last Resort
The Council uses prosecution only as a last resort to send out a message to landlords and agents who had been callous and refused to heed the friendly advice, information and support. So enforcement action was resorted to against those who knowingly flouted the law.
The council has asked all landlords and letting agents to be aware of their of legal obligations in matters like fire safety. The legal action against the irresponsible letting agents had brought the issue of safety in rental homes to the centre stage. They have to ensure that tenants can escape easily in the event of a fire.
Those running HMOs has additional obligations under the fire safety regulations of 2004. If Landlords can get more information on fire safety requirements from local housing officers or Fire Brigades.
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