This problem boils down to landlords having a lack of knowledge towards their electrical responsibilities. It’s not necessarily the landlord’s fault, after all, you don’t know what you don’t know.
The law requires for a landlord to provide their tenants with a property which is ‘safe’ to live in, and to continuously maintain the property throughout the tenancy.
The government intends to provide legislation that will require landlords to have electrical safety checks carried out during periodic intervals of a tenancy. These electrical safety checks will need to be carried out by a ‘competent’ and ‘qualified’ electrician.
Councils have been provided with the power to combat any cowboy-landlords with fines of up to £30.000. Landlords who are putting their tenants at risk and refuse to comply may also be issued with a banning order.
Heather Wheeler MP is the Minister for Housing. She has said, “These new measures will reduce the risk of faulty electrical equipment, giving people peace of mind and helping to keep them safe in their homes. Everyone deserves a safe place to live. While measures are already in place to crack down on the minority of landlords who rent out unsafe properties we need to do more to protect tenants. That’s why we introduced powers to enable stronger electrical safety standards to be brought in along with tough penalties for those who don’t comply. We want to ensure we strike the right balance between protecting tenants while being fair for landlords. So I want to hear from as many people as possible whether these independent recommendations are the right approach. It will also provide clear guidance to landlords on who they should be hired to carry out these important electrical safety checks.”
Requirements of a landlord: