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Danger zone

Landlords reveal this week how they are getting their businesses in shape as part of our refurbishment and retrofit special.

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But there are also cautionary tales for the sector as it works out how to manage its assets in the tough economic climate. Our story reveals the number of housing officers seriously injured at work has shot up since the start of the downturn in 2008.

We also investigate the death of former Manchester Council tenant John Shiers. He died from mesothelioma - an asbestos-related cancer. His only known exposure to the substance was in his home in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Shortly before he died he called for today’s landlords to inform their tenants if asbestos is present in their homes - so they do not put themselves at risk when carrying out DIY work.

Both stories are powerful reminders that front line staff and tenants will bear the impact in future if landlords and their political masters make the wrong calls today.

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