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    Im confused about a situation.
    I kept 1 liter petrol in a genuine fule can in the front porch area. a few days ago my landord sent me a message that he found a fuel can there but that is against the law and he thrown it away.
    i have checked it on the internet and found it on the gov. co. uk that it is allowed to keep up to 30liter fuel in a fuel can indoor in the uk.
    my landlord told me he thinks that the HMO law says it is not permitted. i havent found anything in hmo about this. so please if soemone know the thruth give me a proper answer. thank you

    I would agree with landlord that this is not wise & should not happen.

    But ask him, calm & polite, which law & section, please.

    Was "in front porch area" inside or outside? If outside I'd not want to have to go past petrol if there was a house fire.

    Suggest you ask local fire station for advice on where & how to store petrol.
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


      It's certainly a trespass, as you will not have permission to store anything in communal areas, but generally I can't see inflammable liquids ever being allowed in a communal area of an HMO, except possibly for heating oil in a full sized storage tank.


        The manager of an HMO - who sounds like your landlord in this case, has a legal obligation to:

        To ensure that all fire escapes are clear of any obstacles and that they are kept in good order, to ensure that all fire safety measures are maintained in good working order and that adequate fire safety measures are in place with regards to the design, structural conditions and number of occupiers in the HMO

        To ensure that all common parts of the HMO are maintained in good decorative order, and safe and working condition. This includes out-buildings, boundaries and gardens

        Allowing someone to keep petrol in a normal fuel can in a communal area would probably breach those obligations.

        However, the landlord isn't allowed to throw away your property either and should either return it to you or compensate you for your loss. He should have moved to somewhere safe.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


          I agree with the above comment about the landlord moving the fuel to somewhere else and telling you where it is for collection, he should not have thrown it away....... but i think keeping petrol inside the communal area is a big no from me, if i living in the house i would be less than impressed.


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