CRT acts on residential hire
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.