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Electrical Safety Checks: New Five Year Schedule For Private Landlords?

  27 Aug 2018

If you are a landlord, you know how important it is to plan ahead and make sure that you know what is expected of you. There are many regulations that landlords must deal with and it is always best to be proactive when it comes to complying with rules and offering a dependable service to tenants. Therefore, landlords should be aware that new electrical safety checks will be introduced, and this means private landlords will have to carry out electrical safety checks at least every every five years.

Many professionals will find that this schedule isn’t too difficult to meet, but it is the introduction of yet another regulatory issue that will cause some concern. By itself not many professionals will have an issue with this and there is a need to improve safety standards in rental accommodation but when this move comes on top of a wide range of regulatory issues, it is understandable that some landlords will consider how much work and effort they must put in to operate these days.

This is a move that many lettings professionals expected

However, given that there have been gas safety checks in place for some time, this move will not be a surprise to most people. This is another step that will hopefully make rental properties safer and it comes alongside a range of measures introduced to drive out rogue landlords. This is an area the Government has taken a strong interest in recently, and hopefully these changes will improve the industry, providing tenants with more confidence.

There is no start date for these electrical safety tests yet. They were introduced by the Housing Secretary alongside a fresh consultation into building safety regulations. This is something that most people will approve of; and again, it is likely that only rogue landlords or professionals who don’t take safety as seriously as they should who will be affected by these measures.

There has been political backing for these measures from all parties

James Brokenshire, the Housing Secretary, said; “There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes. That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.”

Given that there have been numerous calls for electrical safety checks as standard in the rental sector, and there have been sustained calls since late last year, this move will be no surprise to most people. It has been claimed that over 70% of MPs backed this measure and this support comes from across all political parties. With safety paramount for most people in the current climate, it is likely that landlords will face further calls to improve the safety and standards of their rental accommodation.

There has always been a legal requirement for landlords to ensure that their electrics are safe before a tenant moves in to a property but never the need for a requirement to produce a certificate to confirm the safety. At Jezzards, we have always reccomended a full Electrical Inspection Condition Report to test the safety of the electrics of our landlords homes as this is the only way that a landlord would be able to prove the electrics are safe prior to tenant taking occupation.

For further information on our residential lettings service and the steps we take to protect our landlords by staying ahead of new regaultions, please contact our team today on 03330 433 633 or click here to book your free rental valuation online.


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