New safety rules for landlords come into force

    22/06/2020


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    New rules have come into force to ensure properties are safer for housing tenants.

    Landlords will have to make sure that electrical installations in their homes for new tenancies are safety tested by a qualified person. And Stafford Borough Council is warning landlords that they could face a fine of up to £30,000 for not complying with the new rules.

    The regulations require landlords to make sure that the electricity supply in their rented properties is safe - and this includes arranging for a test report from a qualified person at least every five years. Tenants must also be provided with a copy of the report.

    The regulations will cover new tenancies from Wednesday – but will apply to all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.  

    Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Health, said: “The health and wellbeing of all our residents is a priority. We are fortunate to have a thriving private rented sector with landlords providing good quality accommodation for families in the borough and these regulations will help to further protect their tenants.”

    He added: “I would urge tenants who have concerns to first raise them with their landlords but if they need further advice then they can speak with our Housing Standards Team.”

    For more information go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/electrical-safety or contact the council at housingstandards@staffordbc.gov.uk or on 01785 619000. There is also details on the new legislation via the Government’s website www.gov.uk/government/publications/electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities

    Press Release No - 5654
     

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