Landlords

Oxford Airbnb forced to improve after tenant brands it a fire hazard

The owner of a house being rented out for homestays and holidays has been told to make improvements after it was branded a ‘death-trap’.

The property in Holley Crescent, Headington, Oxford, is available to rent on website Airbnb – which allows people to rent out their homes for short stays. But it came in for criticism from a disgruntled guest who complained it was a fire hazard.

Gary Dolan, from St Albans, who was due to stay in an apartment in the house for a break last month, said that when he and his partner arrived and saw the place, they turned around and left immediately.

He said: “I refused to risk my life staying one moment in the place.

“There were no fire alarms, other than one on the top of the stairs. There was also massive amounts of flammable material in the kitchen area.

“It was disgusting and the city council should demand that at least the minimum improvements are met for this Airbnb.”

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