Stonebridge pensioner slams housing group over smoke alarms he claims could cost lives
PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 June 2016
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A Stonebridge pensioner has slammed his landlord for not replacing out-of-date smoke alarms he claims may cost the lives of residents.
Clement Bedeau, who lives in Wood Road, on the Stonebridge Estate managed by Hyde Housing, says the landlord is ignoring its own duty of care.
The 66-year-old moved into his house in 2003, among the first in the housing group’s regeneration programme in the area.
The grandfather-of-eight said: “These alarms have a 10-year life expectancy and mine should have been replaced in 2013.
“Hyde told me I am an isolated case but these homes were done in batches so whatever alarms they put in my home, chances are the homes completed at the same time would have the same.”
He added: “Hyde has an obligation to replace the units so the residents in their care remain safe.
“If you have an out-of-date heat or smoke alarm in your home your life is at risk because the landlord, who is liable, is not protecting the tenants by ensuring up-to-date alarms are installed. Just because the alarms might still be working does not mean they will work when they need to work.”
Mr Bedeau has visited neighbouring residents on the estate taking photographs of their alarms, to offer Hyde as “irrefutable evidence” of the growing problem.
Hyde officers offered to meet him which he declined saying he wanted a “written, binding response on what they are going to do”.
Liz Dunn, head of compliance for The Hyde Group claimed they have an annual programme to replace smoke and heat alarms along with an annual test and inspection programme delivered by their contractors, who from “next week” will contact residents to replace their alarms.
She added: “At Hyde, the health and safety of our residents is our number one priority. In this instance it is clear that there has been an oversight and Hyde we will be carrying out an investigation to establish how this happened.
“We would welcome the chance to meet with residents to discuss this matter, but so far our offer to meet has been declined.”
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