Support for Industry-led change to safeguard tenants has soared following the success of the Private Rented Sector Safety Shocks (PRSSS) event.
It’s being called a milestone event. On December the 10th a group of MP’s, experts and influential industry men and women joined forces to showcase and promote debate on a new, ground breaking home safety certificate (Landlord’s certificate) and package of supporting guidance.
Representatives of over 40 prominent organisations attended the PRSSS event to progress an industry-led solution for an area of the housing market where a third of properties fail to meet the government’s Decent Homes Standard.
The certificate has been developed by a sub-group of influential industry forum, The Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR). It brings together everything from legal requirements on gas and electrical safety checks as well as confirmation of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to a legionella risk assessment, falls prevention checklist and more.
Commenting on the event, MP and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, Barry Sheerman, said:
“Safety in the private rented sector is an issue that affects the lives of millions of tenants across the country. It is vital for Government and industry to move forward together and this event represents a promising step along that road.”
Chair of the Home Safety Sub-Group of the Electrical Safety Roundtable, Charlotte Lee, said:
“It was fantastic to see such a great turnout. The support we received stands testament to the importance of the Home Safety Certificate in safeguarding tenants and empowering landlords to make informed choices.”
The idea is to cover all the potential dangers facing tenants in rented properties and, at the same time, enable landlords to demonstrate the safety of their property more comprehensively than ever before.
Chris Town of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), commented:
“By making life easier for the conscientious majority of landlords, the Home Safety Certificate is a great way to improve safety without increasing regulation.
“This is”, he said, “really good news for landlords, who can now benefit from a clearer understanding of their obligations, without being subjected to unnecessary red tape – an approach that complements RLA’s Safe and Secure House campaign.”
We know that these sort of proposals are always met with mixed responses from people so we would like to hear what you think, whether you are a landlord, an installer, an electrician or a tenant. Would you support a new certificate?