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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Electrical safety "shock"

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has recently highlighted some of the confusion that arises between landlords and tenants in rented accommodation.

Their survey of showed that almost 30% of landlords did not relealise that they were responsible for the electrical safety within their buy-to-let properties. This potentially could lead to very dangerous consequences for both landlords and tenants.

For example if a landlord is found to be negligent over electrical safety then they could be liable for a fine of up to £5000. Currently, 38% of landlords do not believe there is a penalty for failing to maintain an adequate level of electrical safety within their properties. More importantly they could be putting their tenants lives at risk. What price can you put on somebodies life?

To download the ESC guidance have a look at the ESC website.

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1 comment:

Jamie Morgan said...

Its extremely easy through the Inland Revenue for the government to know who earns and income from property rentals.

Finally they should set the bar for electrical and gas safety, both as mandatory, and publish the fines for lack of electrical safety provision.

Sadly, if you look at the HSE prosecutions site, the prosecutions that do come about are not massive or that frequent relating to electrical safety, especially as the HSE are now short staffed and having to charge for their time!