A letting agency is pioneering the use of new legislation to help check homes for faulty and dangerous gas appliances that could pose a risk to tenants.

Under the Environmental Protection Act, Hackney Homes is able to obtain warrants granting them entry into homes where tenants have refused to allow access, according to 24dash.com.

The group acts as landlord to over 22,000 tenanted properties across the borough and is determined to ensure the safety of its residents by regularly checking appliances.

So far, it has made use of the forced entry legislation in over 300 homes since July 2008 and gas safety officer Keith Veness said it was proving successful.

"The forced entries mean we can check the gas appliances and ensure homes are safe for not only our tenants but also their neighbours,"he declared.

The Health and Safety Executive last month warned private landlords to ensure adequate and regular checks of gas appliances to avoid the risk of prosecution.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18910616-ADNFCR

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