Electrical Safety First research has found that landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations.
Ignoring their responsibilities means landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire.
Electrical Safety First found 1.7 million private renters have reported electrical concerns that were either ignored by their landlord or acted on too slowly, and 1.3 million renters are currently waiting for electrical issues to be resolved. No wonder that more than 2 million private tenants have expressed concern about the electrical safety of their home.
The Electrical Safety First study hoped to gauge landlord’s awareness of the fact fines for failing to maintain adequate electrical safety have risen from £5,000 to £20,000, but instead found a fifth - around 300,000 private landlords - still believed there were no fines at all. Added to this, many landlords did not know their insurance may be invalidated if they fail to follow their obligations.
You can read more about the research in our press release.
Our infographic below lays out the research findings.
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Media work to raise awareness has focused on helping landlords and tenants to understand their obligations (March 2012) and clarifying the potential costs involved for landlords who neglect electrical safety in rental properties (June 2013).
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