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Safe and Secure Rented Homes now easier to achieve

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Making rented homes safe, legal and secure will now be easier to achieve thanks to a new guide for landlords. The promise comes as the Residential Landlords Association launches its new ‘Safe and Secure’ tool kit.

Making rented homes safe, legal and secure will now be easier to achieve thanks to a new guide for landlords. 

The promise comes as the Residential Landlords Association launches its new ‘Safe and Secure’ tool kit.

The project provides landlords with a single website, using an interactive picture of a house which, when clicked on, provides easy to understand information on how landlords can meet the legal standards required of them.

Advice includes how best to ensure gas, electrical and fire safety as well as information on how to prevent damp and mould; improving the energy efficiency of a property and how to prevent trips and falls around the house.

Each part of the house, when clicked on, provides details of the legal requirements for a landlord and information on the likely cost of fitting safety features such as window safety locks; carbon monoxide detectors; and fire alarms.

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It also includes a simple, easy to understand check list about features a landlord should check regularly to ensure that the homes they rent out are safe, legal and secure.

According to the most recent English Housing Survey, sixteen per cent of private rented sector properties have at least one hazard that means the home fails the minimum safety standards expected of them.

Launching the site, Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA said:

“Providing a safe, legal and secure home should be the first duty of any landlord to their tenant.

“Whilst the vast majority of homes to rent meet the legal standards required of them, we must do all we can to support landlords to address hazards quickly when they arise.

“The reality is that there a large number of legal requirements expected of rented homes. The problem is not a lack of law but of enforcing these requirements and ensuring landlords understand the complexities of renting homes out.

“This website provides a simple, easy to understand tool kit for landlords to ensure rented homes meet the standards required of them.”

 

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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