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Hi

I'm looking for some advice for a friend. She has recently moved into a private rented property. She has a 5 year old daughter and a 15 month old son.

The living room double doors open up to a decking area 3m x 3m. The decking is 4 steps high from the garden below. For whatever reason the owner hasn't put a fence around the decking area instead fitting only a rail approx. 1.4m high that is supported by posts at each corner. There is nothing therefore to prevent a child from falling off the edge.

The decking as it stands poses a safety hazard for her son and so she wants to have uprights put in (creating a fence) to keep her son safe. She has proposed to pay half for this work but the landlord is reluctant.

I know that local authority properties have a duty of care and in this case the decking area would be classified as high risk as the chance of the child being injured is high. Is there any such legislation for private landlords?

Thanks in advance

James
19/10/2015 19:14

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