Questions are being asked about the fire safety of council houses in Cardiff in light of the Grenfell Tower disaster. A Pentwyn councillor has discovered that the council does not routinely fire risk assess council houses.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that fire risk assessments are only conducted when a tenant changes – meaning that hundreds of properties with long standing tenants wouldn’t have been assessed for years.
Cllr. Emma Sandrey said: ‘As someone renting privately I am used to my landlord needing to conduct fire checks, so I was shocked to find that this doesn’t happen in council houses.’
‘Many of our tenants have lived in their house in Pentwyn and Llanedeyrn for years and the council would have no idea whether there were unsafe electrical appliances or other issues that could cause a fire. A house fire wouldn’t just endanger the tenants, but also neigbours.’
Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson, Cllr Joe Carter, added: ‘We are calling on the council to have a regular programme of checking the fire safety of council properties. This would minimise the risk of fire and identify problems before they arrive.’