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Tenancy reform bill fails

The Tenancy (Reform) Bill, which was intended to give renters the confidence to complain about poor conditions to their landlord without the fear of facing eviction, has failed to get through to its next reading.

Electrical Safety First director general Philip Buckle said: “It’s disappointing that this bill has failed. One renter in eight has chosen not to ask for repairs to be carried out or challenged a rent increase due to fear of eviction.

“Yet dangerous electrics, in particular, can pose a serious risk, with almost half of all domestic fires in the UK - around 20,000 each year - caused by electricity. Our proposals for regular, mandatory checks of the electrics in the private-rented sector are a cost-effective and simple way to protect both tenants and properties.”

However, Mr Buckle said Electrical Safety First is pleased that the debate showed an increasing understanding within parliament of the dangers of electricity, particularly for families with children.

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