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Millions of people renting in the UK are at risk due to a lack of basic safety knowledge, according to new research carried out by Gas Tag. Almost ten million people rent their homes – over 5 million privately and almost the same number in social housing. Yet large numbers are either too trusting of tradesmen who come to their home or simply do not have the knowledge.
Among the survey’s findings were:
Paul Durose, CEO of Gas Tag, which commissioned the survey, comments: “The findings reveal that large sections of the UK’s rented population are putting their lives at serious risk. There is a huge amount of confusion about what someone’s landlord is responsible for.
“It is scary that half of those questioned still think their gas engineer needs to be Corgi approved when it changed over to Gas Safe Register in 2009. It is also disturbing that over a third do not ask their engineer for their credentials before they let them into their home. This is despite 1.1million gas jobs a year being carried out by illegal gas fitters who are not qualified.”
Women are most culpable of failing to ask for credentials, with 33% admitting they didn’t, compared to 20% of men.
Gastag.co.uk is an end-to-end gas compliance system, created to provide landlords with a full, real-time audit trail of all works carried out at their properties. It also validates the qualifications of engineers carrying out the work.