A recent study by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), ‘Landlords Risking Lives and Livelihoods By Ignoring Electrical Safety’, that was published on 6 June 2013 “….found 1.7 million private renters have reported electrical concerns that were either ignored by their landlord or acted on too slowly on, and 1.3 million renters are currently waiting for electrical issues to be resolved.
“The ESC 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.
“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.”