UK landlords urged to ensure electrical equipment is safe

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By Landlord Expert November 30, 2009 13:27

Each year over 30 people are killed due to faulty electrics in the UK, and according to government figures almost 20% of all fires in UK homes are also caused by electrical faults. In 2008 alone this resulted in an additional 27 deaths and over 1000 injuries. These shocking statistics are part of the reason why UK landlords are been urged to carry out regular testing on all portable electrical appliances in rented properties to try and ensure there safety for tenants.

The number of portable electrical appliances in rented accommodation has risen over the last few years in the form and TV’s, stereos and cookers just to mention a few. The government estimates 14,000 people are injured each year by electrical appliances. This is why PAT testing or portable appliance testing in rented properties is becoming a very important part of the landlord’s responsibility and under UK law a landlord can be liable to fines, imprisonment and property insurance been void without regular PAT tests to ensure the safety of tenants.

There is no statutory period for completing electrical safety inspections but if a landlord establishes a regular program of PAT testing this ensures they comply with the law and gives them peace of mind of knowing they have taken all the reasonable steps necessary to make sure any electrical equipment they are providing for tenants is safe. A good practise would be to test all portable appliances annually or when there is a change of tenants.

 

Landlord Expert
By Landlord Expert November 30, 2009 13:27

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