Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Hi Everyone, Last May I engaged an electrician to investigate a fault in my tenanted London flat. After many visits and tests, it became clear to him that there were problems with the old wiring systems, beginning outside the flat in the courtyard where the electricity supply enters the whole building. Naturally, he was unable to issue a EICR.
At my request, the Management Company became involved, and subsequently commissioned a survey of the electrics in the entire building, with a view to deciding how to deal with the out-dated and faulty wiring and to determine who would be responsible for that expense. There are other flats similarly affected by the ancient cabling. Ten months later the Management Company, despite my very regular promptings, has not yet produced a report or plan for the repair and upgrade of the building’s electrical system.
I am acutely aware that I must supply my tenant with a valid EICR by 1st April, but am unable to do so until the work on the whole building is done and my electrician is satisfied that the installation in my own flat is safe. There must be other landlords in the building with the same problem.
Of course, I don’t want to fall foul of the law and I do want to protect my tenant, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to get an EICR in time. Is there anything I can do about this, and does the Management Company have any responsibility here?
Thanks in advance
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