Liverpool landlords 'offered safety information'

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

One of the major priorities facing landlords all over the UK is the safety of the properties they rent out, as the potential ramifications of being found to offer a home that is not fit for purpose are severe and to be avoided at all costs.

That is exactly why landlords in Liverpool were recently offered information and advice on how to keep their dwellings on the right side of the law, reports the Liverpool Echo. The aim of the scheme was to raise standards throughout the private rented sector and tackling safety is just one of the steps on the road towards this objective.

Liverpool's Citywide Landlord Accreditation Safety Scheme (CLASS), which is run by the city council, delivered the programme of events, which covered issues such as fire safety, credit unions and houses in multiple occupation.

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said: "The feedback we have received was very positive and there is clearly a lot of interest from landlords in getting advice and support.

"We want to work with landlords and help drive up standards in this sector and those who have joined CLASS will get the information they need to help them manage their properties to a high standard."

The good news for landlords and letting agents is that they are invited to sign up to CLASS free of charge and could reap many benefits from the group. Even if they do not, it is well worth taking precautions to ensure the safety of a building is of the highest standard.

While CLASS aims to help those renting out properties in Liverpool, similar schemes could be an option for those in other parts of the country.

It certainly pays to deal with safety issues and even to tackle problems before they become serious. No landlord wants a prosecution or subsequent penalty on their CV and the only way to avoid this is to run a tight ship.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801545356-ADNFCR

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Published on: February 22, 2013

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