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Tenants’ lives at risk after government refuses to act on weak safety rules in rented housing, experts warn

Exclusive: Ministers defend guidance which says fire risks are very small, is unclear on responsibility for fire prevention and weak on electrical safety - all crucial issues at Grenfell

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The Grenfell inferno was traced to a faulty fridge - amid confusion about responsibility for fire safety

Tenants’ lives are being put at risk because the government has refused to beef up weak safety rules in rented housing despite the Grenfell tragedy, experts are warning.

Hazards such as inadequate fire doors, faulty electrical equipment and dangerous heating systems cannot be tackled because officials are unable to prove they fail outdated guidance, they say.

Ninety-seven per cent of environmental health professionals have called for action – with more than half reporting they had “witnessed hazards that could not be addressed”.

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The Independent

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