11:22 AM, 28th September 2018, About 5 years ago 8
Thought I send you my recent observation on H&S with fire prevention awareness week coming up shortly. I manage my properties and have been doing my pre-winter and H&S checks. I managed to see 6 tenants the other day so have now acquired few repair jobs (deep joy).
What really surprised me was that out of the 6 properties:
– 1 had an expired CO2 detector (merrily bleeping away),
– 2 had a missing or broken smoke detector,
– 1 had 2 of 3 smoke detectors not working (no battery or with battery fitted incorrectly !)
– 1 had no working smoke detectors – one missing, one broke (I let this chap off as he has learning disability and was trying to replace batteries).
So that’s most of them not to legal standards, so I replaced batteries and fitted 4 new smoke detectors and 1 new Co2 detector.
Most of these tenants are intelligent working people with young children but none of them knew about the legal requirements and seemed very blasé about the risks. Now I know that its landlord responsibility to have workable detectors at the start of a tenancy and a reasonable expectation for tenants to check/renew batteries which can be included within your tenancy agreement. Nevertheless we all know that if there is an incident it’ll be down to the landlord to prove innocence.
I was surprised at the situation I discovered which is probably a bit exceptional, nevertheless, it’s a reminder to check alarms regularly or get your agent to do so. You just can’t reply on your tenants doing this (without breaking or losing them!).
ps Great website, great advice and campaigns, keep up the good work.