Since the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Landlords have been required to make sure that all gas appliances fittings and flues in a let property are safe for tenants to use. A Landlord is also responsible to ensure that any installation and repair/maintenance work to gas appliances are undertaken by an engineer who is Gas Safe registered and a Gas Safety check must be carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance and annually thereafter (again by a Gas Safe registered engineer).
Under new proposals by the Housing Minister, tougher new rules for electrical inspections are to be imposed on the Landlords in the private rented sector to ensure that tenants are protected from the risk of substandard electrical installations. The proposals are designed to ensure that electrical inspections are also carried out by competent and qualified testers as a move to further improve standards in the private rented sector. Whilst the new guidance is not intending to place excessive cost and time burdens on Landlords, it seems clear that there will be additional penalties imposed for non-compliance with the new electrical safety proposals. In addition, Local Authorities may be given a discretion to decide from a range of sanctions which they can impose on a case by case basis.
Tougher powers have also been introduced for Landlords who rent out poor quality properties which include banning orders for those who fail to comply with legislation and fines of up to £30,000.00.
Please refer to the following link for further information regarding the consultation into electrical safety in private rented properties:
If you are a Landlord and are unsure of any of your legal obligations, please do not hesitate to contact our commercial property department who will be happy to assist you further.