New Electrical Inspection Rules For Private Rented Accommodation

New Electrical Inspection Rules For Private Rented Accommodation

Tenants are to be afforded greater protection thanks to a new government initiative bringing in tough new rules for electrical inspections in private rented accommodation.

The measures have been designed to ensure that mandatory inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors, part of the government’s commitment to push standards up in the sector. Landlords will now be legally required to make sure that the inspectors they hire have the necessary competence and qualifications, and there will be hefty financial penalties handed out for those who fail in this regard.

New guidance is set to be published that will provide clear accountability throughout each stage of the inspection process, including what is required and whose responsibility it is, but without placing excessive time burdens and costs on landlords.

It’s important to remember that not only will this move help to make homes safer for tenants, landlords also stand to benefit because improving properties in this way will help to prevent fires, which can result in costly and significant damage.

Announcing the new measures, minister for housing and homelessness Heather Wheeler said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home. While measures are already in place to crack down on the small minority of landlords who rent out unsafe properties, we need to do more to protect tenants.

“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. It will also provide clear guidance to landlords on who they should be hiring to carry out these important electrical safety checks.”

Tough new powers have also been implemented to help councils tackle any and all rogue landlords out there who rent out poor quality properties, including fines of up to £30,000 and banning orders for anyone who doesn’t comply.

Landlords may also benefit from making use of a new product launched to help them assess and reduce risks to their properties so they can ensure that they’ll comply with the rules covered in the homes (fitness for habitation) bill, which is due to become law in March this year.

According to What Mortgage, the Mi Buy-to-Let survey – created by the Residential Property Surveyors Association – includes details of the property’s condition, reviewing 29 hazard profiles as listed in the Housing Health & Safety Rating System, which is used by local authorities to assess homes in the private rented sector.

Chairman of the RPSA Alan Milstein explained that the forthcoming bill would put the onus firmly onto landlords to provide people with decent and safe homes, not just at the beginning but throughout the entire duration of the tenancy.

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