Landlords Urged to remember Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rental Properties

20 September 2012 Categories: News

Landlords Urged to remember Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rental Properties

Recent research conducted by the Electrical Safety Council has shown that over 20% of all reported electric shocks in England and Wales are experienced by private rental tenants; a figure that has resulted in the ESC urging landlords to know their obligations regarding the safety of any electrical equipment supplied in their rental properties.

The research also highlighted the fact that 40% of tenants and 29% of  landlords admit to being confused about whose responsibility electrical safety is, even though proven negligence by a landlord can result in a £5000 fine for each count, or imprisonment.

At present the law states that any wiring and electrical installations included in the tenancy agreement are the responsibility of the landlord, but should a fault occur that the tenant knows about and the tenant neglects to inform their landlord then he/she cannot be held responsible.

Head of communications at ESC, Anneke Rousseau, commented “It is important that all landlords understand their obligations and ensure the safety of their tenants. Part of the confusion may arise from the fact that landlords are legally responsible for an annual gas safety check but it is not a legal requirement for electrical safety. And so we are encouraging landlords and tenants to start talking more openly with each other about this vital safety issue.”