Landlords Educated on Importance of Fire and Electrical Safety

16 October 2017

The South Wales Argus cover the success of the new series of the Gwent Landlord Forum.

The new season of the Gwent Landlord Forum kicked off in style on Tuesday 26th September at the Parkway Hotel in Llantarnam, Cwmbran.

The free event, sponsored by Cwmbran-based Rubin Lewis O’Brien and Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors, saw three guest speakers educating local landlords on issues such as fire proofing the home and preventing electrical faults. The forum was aimed at informing landlords in the wake of the tragic events of Grenfell Tower.

The first speaker was Adrian Moyse, Group Manager of Business Fire Safety at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Mr Moyse spoke about the legislation behind fire safety including HMO’s, the importance of risk assessments and the likely impact Grenfell Tower will have on shaping rules and regulations across the next five years.

The second talk was also delivered by South Wales Fire and Rescue, this time by Tony Redman. Mr Redman discussed the statistics behind fires in the home, with 2027 ADF’s (Accidental Dwelling Fires) occurring in Wales between 2014-2017. 63 per cent of these fires started in the kitchen, 51 per cent involved appliances and 37 per cent of cases involved people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The evening was wrapped up by Robert Jarvis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First; a national charity that lobby the Government on the dangers of house fires and electrical household items.

Mr Jarvis-Gibbons spoke to the attendees regarding the 350,000 serious injuries sustained every year in the UK as a result of fires caused by electrical faults in the home, which result in 52 deaths. Another topic covered was that of the mandatory checks coming into force via the Renting Home Wales Act.

Ed Gooderham, Director of Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors said:

“We would like to thank all three speakers for providing an informative insight into a very serious issue. Fire safety is paramount to all homeowners, landlords and tenants alike; I know our attendees got a great deal of value from all three fantastic talks.”

Managing Partner at Rubin Lewis O’Brien, Sam George, said:

“We aim to cover pressing and topical issues for our guests at every event. This was a perfect way to kick off our new season, and we urge all landlords in the area to visit us at our next event in November.”

The next Gwent Landlord Forum will take place at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran on Tuesday 28th November from 6-8pm.

For more information, please contact Green & Co Accountants and Tax Advisors. Alternatively, landlords and those with an interest in the buy-to-let market, can follow @GwentLandlord on Twitter.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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