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Case 406 - Council landlord bans use of mains extension lead on health and safety grounds

Issue

Local council bans tenant from using a mains extension lead from within his house, citing health and safety reasons.

Panel opinion

Health and safety and safety at work legislation does not prevent tenants from using their own extension lead at home for personal use. This seems to be a case of the landlord leading their tenant astray by inappropriately extending health and safety at work legislation to justify their rules.  Rather than banning extension leads, the landlord could more appropriately refer tenants to available guidance, for example from Electrical Safety First or the Department for Communities and Local Government Fire safety in shared or rented accommodation.

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2016-11-19