RBOA warns on risky res­i­den­tial hires

Canal Boat - - News Special -

CON­CERNED AT WHAT it sees as a “sub­stan­tial” rise in the un­reg­u­lated com­mer­cial hir­ing out of boats for live­aboard use, the Res­i­den­tial Boat Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has warned that it be­lieves that these craft are of­ten in poor con­di­tion, po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous, il­le­gally op­er­ated and lack­ing any se­cu­rity for oc­cu­piers.

The As­so­ci­a­tion, founded in 1963 to look af­ter the in­ter­ests of those liv­ing afloat (with or with­out home moor­ings), has no is­sue with mari­nas or other moor­ing op­er­a­tors run­ning con­trolled rentals of house­boats or other float­ing homes (al­though it doesn’t pro­mote these schemes). What does con­cern the RBOA is what it de­scribes as “craft rented out for live­aboard oc­cu­pancy and for no other pur­pose than to cre­ate profit or re­ward, for the sole ben­e­fit of the un­reg­u­lated craft own­ers”. The RBOA be­lieves that such rental craft are of­ten: Poorly main­tained. In breach of nav­i­ga­tion author­ity li­cence con­di­tions (for ex­am­ple the Canal & River Trust re­quires boats rented out for long-term res­i­den­tial use to be on a per­ma­nent moor­ing with res­i­den­tial use con­sent). Not sub­ject to any Land­lord and Ten­ant law, giv­ing boaters no se­cu­rity or pro­tec­tion. Tempt­ing un­sus­pect­ing renters into po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions

The As­so­ci­a­tion has de­clared that it will not en­cour­age or en­dorse the prac­tice, which it sees as “detri­men­tal to the very con­cept of re­spon­si­ble res­i­den­tial boat­ing” and at risk of dam­ag­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of re­spon­si­ble own­ers, and of nav­i­ga­tion au­thor­i­ties un­der which it hap­pens.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.