Free cladding tests for Welsh landlords

Welsh Government offers private landlords free cladding checks

The BBC have reported that the Welsh Government are offering private landlords with property in high-rise buildings in Wales, free cladding tests after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Landlords and agents registered with the Rent Smart Wales licensing and training regulatory body, have been contacted by the Welsh Government advising them they can access the same tests currently available to the social housing sector.

There currently is no legal requirement for private sector landlords to carry out tests however Wales’ Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have encouraged members to ‘make no assumptions’ and to ‘take action’, after government experts have found combustible cladding on a number of tower blocks since the Grenfell fire.

Social landlords with cladding containing the controversial aluminium composite material, have been asked by the Welsh Government to have it tested at the same centre which is conducting testing in England.

In an email to Rent Smart Wales, the Welsh Government said: “We are now working with local government with a view to ensuring those living in private sector high rises are equally protected from any unnecessary risk.  Please be assured that as an owner of a unit or units within such a building no direct action in relation to the cladding is necessary on your part. You may of course wish to reassure yourself and your tenants of other general fire safety”.

Vice chairman and director of the RLA in Wales, Douglas Haig, commented: “We have been very proactive in looking at fire safety and highlighting guidance to our members, to make it clear to landlords exactly what their responsibility is”.

The Welsh branch of the Residential Landlords’ Association are encouraging members to take up the offer, even if they only own one apartment in a block.

Full article available on LandlordTODAY: https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/7/private-landlords-in-wales-offered-free-cladding-tests

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