Mandatory professional checks every 5 years or face a £30k fine.

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The private rented sector continues to fall under scrutiny by the Government.

We have already seen the changes in Tax relief, new HMO Legislation and minimum standards for Efficiency Performance Certificates. Following the Hackitt Report into Fire Safety, the spotlight is now on rented homes being safe for tenants. 

One of the key aspects has been identified as electrical safety.

The Government is seeking to introduce mandatory five-year electrical safety checks by Landlords, carried out by qualified professionals.

Failure to comply will carry a £30,000 civil fine as opposed to criminal prosecution.

No firm date has been set to introduce the new rules and this will be dependent on the time taken for the legislation to pass through Parliament.

All insurance policies contain a condition that the Insured must maintain their property in good condition. 

To read more articles on the property sector from Nick Symes, Director of Property, please visit:

http://www.reichinsurance.co.uk/media-centre/

 

Tags: PA Test | Landlords | Tenants | property managers | fire safety | HMO | EPC | HSE | Hackitt Report