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safer under new government measures - March 2015
Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke
and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties -Landlords
will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon
monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced
by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today (11 March 2015).
move will help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries
a year. The measure is expected to take effect from October
2015, and comes with strong support after a consultation on
property condition in the private rented sector. England’s
46 fire and rescue authorities are expected to support private
landlords in their own areas to meet their new responsibilities
with the provision of free alarms, with grant funding from
is part of wider government moves to ensure there are sufficient
measures in place to protect public safety, while at the same
time avoiding regulation which would push up rents and restrict
the supply of homes, limiting choice for tenants.
Minister Brandon Lewis
said: “In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed
– now it’s over 90%. “The vast majority of landlords offer
a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes,
but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given
this important protection. “But with working smoke alarms
providing the vital seconds needed to escape a fire, I urge
all tenants to make sure they regularly test their alarms
to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains
the tenant’s responsibility.”
Minister Stephen Williams said: “We’re determined to create
a bigger, better and safer private rented sector – a key part
of that is to ensure the safety of tenants with fire prevention
and carbon monoxide warning. “People are at least 4 times
more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working
smoke alarm. “That’s why we are proposing changes to the law
that would require landlords to install working smoke alarms
in their properties so tenants can give their families and
those they care about a better chance of escaping a fire.”
the safety of tenants
measures to support the private rented sector include investing
£1 billion in building newly-built homes specifically for
private rent, giving tenants support against rogue landlords
and publishing a How
to rent guide so tenants and landlords alike are aware
of their rights and responsibilities.
proposed changes to the law would require landlords to install
smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them
at the start of every tenancy. Landlords would also need to
install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as
those where a solid fuel heating system is installed. Those
who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms would
face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.
would bring private rented properties into line with existing
building regulations that already require newly-built homes
to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed. And it’s in line
with other measures the government has taken to improve standards
in the private rented sector, without wrapping the industry
up in red tape.
be caught with one of these in your rental property
September 2012 - The September edition of "Landlord & Buy-to-Let
Magazine" ran a report "Electrical risk warning"
to the report the high profile 2011 fires caused by faulty fridge-freezers highlights
the need for landlords to be extra careful about checking appliances and plug
sockets in rental property according to the insurance company LetRisks.
Safety Guide Lines from LetRisks
tenants not to overload sockets and put adaptors into adaptors
aatempt any repairs to the electrical wiring or appliances yourself - use a qualified
that sockets, switches and light fittings are in good conditionwith no signs of
damage such as cracking or burn marks
that leads and flexible cables on appliances aren't damaged or frayed.
electrical appliances provided by the agent or landlord should have up to date
PAT - Prtable Appliance Test stickers on them (although not a legal requirement,
it is recommended by the ESC)
to see if the fuse box has RCD protection. This is a life saving device that protects
against electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires.
old electrics e.g.fuse boxes with a wooden back; cables coated with black rubber,
lead or fabric; old, round pin sockets, light switches and sockets mounted in
skirting boards and light switches mounted on bathroom walls.
of a tenant dying after the taps in her bath became live. According to the ESC
- Electrical Safety Council, "Whilst landlords are legally obliged to provide
an annual gas safety certificate, there is no equivalent legal obligation for
electrical installations. The ESC recommends that agents and landlords should
have a Periodic Inspection Report - PIR carried out by a registered electrician
at least every five years, or on change of tenancy".
Electrical Safety Council is an independent charity committed to reducing deaths
and injuries caused by electrical accidents.
Electrical Safety Council have recently produced two documents on Electrical Safety
which can be used by landlords and to answer their queries. Please feel free to
download by clicking on the image below:
- Leading safety charity, The Electrical Safety Council, launches new guide for
landlords – FREE copies available now
Electrical Safety Council (ESC), in collaboration with the Association of Residential
Managing Agents (ARMA) and a number of leading UK housing associations, has produced
a guide to electrical safety in the communal areas of residential properties in
England & Wales.
on the success of the Landlords’ Guide to Electrical Safety,
this Guide is intended to address electrical safety in communal
areas (areas accessible by staff, residents, and others visiting
Guide aims to raise awareness among residential landlords
- including housing associations, local authorities, private
landlords and property management companies - of their legal
obligations relating to electrical safety and provides guidance
and advice on areas such as stairwells, corridors and boiler
out more here.
in Dwellings From
1 January 2005, people carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens in England
and Wales have had to follow the new rules in the Building Regulations. These
apply to all properties either let as holiday rentals, long term lettings or owner
occupied (not let). The rules are set out in Part P Building Regulations (Electrical
Safety in Dwellings). Failure to comply with these Regulations is a criminal
offence, which could result in a maximum fine of £5,000 and or imprisonment.
Why has the Government introduced the new rules?
reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations
and to make it harder for 'cowboy builders' to leave electrical installations
in an unsafe condition.
In very general terms these regulations require that works, repairs, maintenance
etc., on "electrical installations", in certain areas of a property, are
now known as "notifiable" works and as such must only be carried out by
a "competent person".
is a "Competent Person"?
Someone who is currently registered with an approved self-certification scheme,
which monitors and regulates his or her activities, competence etc.
The competent person can "self-certify" the relevant works and he (or she) then
has a responsibility to provide the customer and the local authority building
control department with a copy Certificate relating to the notifiable works. If
your property is let out then you will need to maintain a copy of any such certificate
in their management files for possible future reference.
Someone who is not a "competent person" could still do the works
as long as they seek appropriate approval from their local authority Building
Control department, before and after the works are carried out. In most cases
an officer from the department will wish to visit the property and inspect the
works and may require the applicant to submit suitable drawings or schematics.
What does an "Electrical Installation" mean?
electrical cables or fixed electrical equipment located on the consumer's side
of the electricity supply meter in a dwelling or in the common parts of a building
serving one or more dwellings; and that includes sheds, garages and greenhouses.
Non notifiable works:
Although you should take guidance from the Building Control department generally
these would include repairs, replacements and maintenance;
and additions or alterations to existing circuits outside
kitchens and bathrooms: Replacing power sockets (white laminate with
chrome for example), replacing a damaged power cable, replacing a light switch
or ceiling rose, adding lighting points, sockets and fused spurs to existing circuits
as long as they are not in a special location or special installation.
Locations / installations: Kitchen - bathroom/shower room, garden lighting and
the Notifiable work is carried out Will I get a certificate that the electrical
work meets the requirements of the Building Regulations?
- a qualified installer should give you a signed BS 7671 electrical safety certificate
for all types of electrical work. If you use a registered installer for notifiable
work, the operator of the registration scheme will send you a Building Regulations
compliance certificate. If you use an unregistered installer for notifiable work,
the Building Control Service will inspect the work to check that it complies with
the Building Regulations before issuing a completion certificate.
What will happen if the owner does not follow the Building Regulations?
electrical installation might not be safe.
You will have no record of the work done.
may have difficulty selling your home if you do not have the right electrical
local authority's Building Control Department may insist that you put right faulty
Where can I get more information?
your local authority's Building Control Department who publish a free 'Explanatory
Booklet on the Building Regulations'. Or visit www.odpm.gov.uk/explanatory-booklet
for a copy
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