Landlords 'should check electrical equipment'

by Sarah Ashcroft

Property owners have been advised to conduct regular checks on electrical products and safety equipment to ensure that tenants can enjoy peace of mind that household items are in working order.

Graham Kinnear, managing director of tenant eviction and rent collection company Landlord Assist, told the Tamworth Herald it is "imperative" that proprietors take simple measures to protect residents from mishaps around the home.

The trusted expert urged letters to offer tips on the dangers of overloading plug sockets and hiring in professional help to carry out repairs or alterations should a product stop working.

He told the news provider that making sure leads and flexes on appliances are not damaged or frayed is an essential task for ensuring the safety of tenants.

In addition, Landlord Assist has called for proprietors to take steps to check that working smoke alarms are fitted throughout all properties after a recent Fire Kills Campaign Report noted that a significant number of tenants reported that their home did not have the equipment in place.

Each year, almost 8,000 accidental fires - which accounts for one-fifth of all those reported - are started in residences as a result of faulty electrics, figures from the Electrical Safety Council revealed.

Stephen Parry, commercial director at Landlord Assist, said landlords have legal obligations to ensure that all equipment is safe under the Electrical Equipment Regulations, while failure to do so could affect their future in the industry and put the lives of leasers at risk.

He added: "Without carrying out regular tests, a landlord could be found to have failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their tenants and leave themselves liable to prosecution and invalidation of their property insurance."

"Failure to take check the condition of electrical appliances can put tenants in serious danger and result in prosecution."

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Published on: October 25, 2012

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