CRT acts on res­i­den­tial hire

Canal Boat - - News -

FOL­LOW­ING con­cerns al­ready pub­li­cised by the Res­i­den­tial Boat Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ( CB, Feb) about canal craft be­ing un­of­fi­cially rented out as house­boats, the Canal & River Trust has told Canal Boat that it will be act­ing on the is­sue.

The RBOA’s con­cerns were that the un­reg­u­lated com­mer­cial rent­ing-out of pri­vate craft as cheap ac­com­mo­da­tion led to boats “in poor con­di­tion, po­ten­tially danger­ous, il­le­gally op­er­ated and lack­ing any se­cu­rity for oc­cu­piers”.

CRT said it is pri­mar­ily con­cerned with the safety as­pects of what it called “unau­tho­rised let­ting” (ie with­out the nec­es­sary li­cence and other con­di­tions that CRT re­quires for rental craft), and it is now put­ting a paper to­gether with a view to mak­ing in­for­ma­tion pub­licly avail­able in the near fu­ture.

The Trust said it had been in touch with on­line mar­ket­place sites that are some­times used to ad­ver­tise th­ese boats, but that while it found Airbnb to be help­ful, other sites were less in­ter­ested.

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