A new study by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) finds 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.
The study has found that 2 million private tenants have expressed concern about the electrical safety of their home.
Each year in the UK, 70 people are killed by an electrical accident in the home and 350,000 sustain a serious injury from an electric shock. Government data also shows that Scottish homes are at greater risk from electrical fires than the rest of Great Britain.
By law, landlords must ensure electrical installations and wiring are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. The ESC recommends landlords should have electrical appliances and installations checked at least every five years by a registered electrician, along with carrying out regular visual checks themselves.
A spokesperson from the Association of British Insurers said: “Whilst the specifics of each insurance policy will vary, all insurers will expect landlords to comply with any current laws or regulations in regard to electrical safety - failure to do so may result in voidance of their policy. Electrical work is expected to be carried out by a qualified professional.
For more information on the ECS Study - click here.
For more information for Landlords on Electrical Safety - click here
Stirling Electrical Services are here to help - find out more about our services to Landlord and Letting Agents.
We received notification today of our successful tender to carry out the refurbishment of a door entry system in a block of residential flats in Stirling.
Our door entry service is available to domestic, commercial and industrial clients throughout Scotland.
A number of our electricians will today be carrying out work on two large residential properties. Our customers are preparing their premises for rental and will be working towards gaining a House of Multiple Occupancy License (HMO).
In terms of electrical work this means our electricians will be installing fire alarm and emergency lighting equipment, making sure there are adequete numbers of socket outlets within the property as well as carrying out essential electrical wiring and appliance testing.
Our electrical services for Landlords covers Installation, Maintenance and Testing.
If you require advice on what electrical work and testing is required in rental properties then get in touch with us, we will always give honest clear advice.
We are currently working our way through a five week Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) job in Glasgow and today we were awarded the job to carry out one week's worth of Pat Testing for a Stirling based manufacturing company.
Our company back in 1996 was formed at that time to solely carry out PAT Testing and although we have moved on to offer all electrical services since then our PAT Testing service still takes us to all corners of Scotland
Our new website has detailed information on our PAT Testing service and also legislation.
Stirling Electrical Services are based in Fallin just a few miles south-east of the city of Stirling with all our electrical services are available to customers throughout Scotland.
Our electricians regularly work in villages, towns and cities throughout Scotland including the islands.
Closer to home we have a large customer base throughout the Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk areas as well as in Perth, Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Distance within Scotland is no object to us and our job booking team are on hand to discuss your requirements.
We were today awarded a three year contract from an Edinburgh based organisation to inspect and test the emergency lighting systems in their properties throughout Scotland.
Our emergency lighting service is part of the installation, maintenance and testing work we undertake for domestic, commercial and industrial customers.
Sad sad story which unfortunately highlights the dangers of electricity and why it is recommended to have an Electrical Condition Report carried out every 5 years in commercial properties and every 10 years in domestic properties.
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