A survey found recently that renters in the UK are too trusting of tradesmen, this information came from a recent survey carried out by “Gas Tag”. They were carrying out the survey to understand the relationships that tenants have with their gas engineer. the results of findings regarding the electrical sector were shocking, with many not sure about and not asking for credentials before entry.
Among the findings it was discovered that 33% of women did not ask for evidence of certification or any other form of competency, this was 13% higher than the 20% of men that fail to check for competency. This survey was worrying also as it highlighted a major lack of basic safety knowledge from renters.
Nearly 10 million people in the UK are renters, around 5 million rent privately and around another 5 million in social housing. The CEO of Gas Tag, Paul Durose, who was responsible for the survey, explained how – “It is disturbing that 33% of women admit to not asking their engineer for their credentials before letting them into their home. This is despite 1.1million gas jobs a year being carried out by illegal gas fitters who are not qualified. Tradesmen should insist that you check their credentials but, if they don’t, then the onus is on householders to not fall into the trap of either being too scared to ask or too trusting to check.”
Paul added – “There is also huge confusion and lack of understanding about the responsibilities of landlords renting out properties. The overall conclusion is that large sections of the UK’s rented population are putting their lives at serious risk.”