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Landlords have the responsibility of keeping their tenants safe and electrical safety is a big part of this. In order to avoid fines and protect your tenants, be aware of changes to the latest legislation.
Failure to keep electrical equipment such as light switches, microwaves and fuse boxes safe and in good condition can lead to fines, bans and even imprisonment.
Landlords in Scotland will soon be required to provide regular electrical installation condition report to tenants and it is expected that the new change will be subsequently implemented in England as well.
A spokesperson for Discount Landlord said: “Landlords have a responsibility to take care of their tenants and must ensure that their properties are in safe condition. Landlord insurance can assist against unforeseen damages, but it is important that the property is maintained.”
Here are the facts and changes that landlords need to know:
The charity Electrical Safety First has put together a checklist or landlords to monitor the equipment they provide. It can be accessed here: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/mediafile/100114761/Landlords-Interim-Checklist-2014.pdf
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