среда, 1 февраля 2017 г.

Why Do Landlords Have to Complete An Electrical Inspection.

Roughly 20% of UK housing is rented.
There are 2 main Acts of Parliament that impose a statutory obligation on landlords
regarding the safety of electrical appliances:

1. The Consumer Protection Act 1987 landlords electrical testing obligations.
2. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The Consumer Protection Act affects all persons who let real estate during the course of their business since it defines these individuals as "suppliers", i.e. they're supplying goods to the tenant. There are several items of secondary legislation under the umbrella of the Consumer protection Act which are specifically related to the supply of electrical goods, including:

1. The Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations 1989
2. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
3. The General Product Safety Regulations 1994
4. The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994
Electrical Safety in Rental Property

Apart from the Landlord’s Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 (and several other statutory regulations see below)demands that the electrical equipment is safe at the beginning of every tenancy and managed in a safe condition all through the tenancy.

Electrical hazards are additionally protected with the Housing Health and safety Rating System under the Housing Act 2004.

In the event of commercial property and residences in multiple occupation there is a statutory responsibility under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 for any responsible individual (the property manager) to conduct yearly Fire Safety Risk Assessments, which in turn include things like electrical safety risks.

Should you let property as a landlord you need to ensure that the electrical system and all of the appliances supplied are secure - failing to abide by the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and may lead to:

 A fine of Ј5,000 per item not complying
 Six months incarceration
 Possible manslaughter charges in case of deaths
 The Tenant might also sue you for civil damages
 Your property insurance may very well be invalidated

These regulations are imposed by the Health & Safety Executive.

Fundamentally, these regulations impose an obligation on landlords to make sure that all electrical equipment provided by these individuals remains safe for use by the tenant. The Consumer Protection Act provides a defence of 'due diligence', for example a landlord can defend a contravention of the Act if he can display that he had taken reasonable steps to avoid committing the offence.

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