A landlord and tenancy law expert is warning landlords to keep an eye on their electrics.
With the planning of new regulations for electrical safety standards now given the go-ahead, James Murray of Jones & Co Solicitors says that landlords would be wise to be on top of electrical safety at all their properties, before any new law comes into effect.
James said: “The Government has now authorised for work to begin to introduce the regulations required for electrical safety standards, under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
“This makes it likely we will have new regulations that will require private landlords, with residential properties in England, to meet electrical safety standards, and if they do not they may face penalties.
“These regulations may include when checks should be carried out and who is qualified to carry them out. Landlords may need to obtain a certificate from the qualified person confirming that electrical safety standards are met and also give a copy of the certificate to an existing or prospective tenant.
“My advice to landlords is, ensure you are as prepared as you can be by getting the electrics at your properties checked and having the certification to show this.
“Although landlords are already required to do five yearly checks of houses in multiple occupation, we recommend that they carry out visual inspections of the electrics at all their properties on their next visit, or before any tenancy handover. It would also be wise to commission a check by a qualified electrician if they are unsure of the current status of electrical safety at any of their properties.”