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Landlords have been warned over exposing tenants to faulty electrical appliances

One in five private tenants report electrical faults which are ignored or acted on too late by landlords, a charity claims.

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Landlords are exposing tenants to significant dangers by neglecting electrical safety, a new study claims.

One in five private sector tenants – equating to 1.7 million tenants across the UK – have been exposed to the risk of an accident or fire due to landlords ignoring an electrical fault.

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) found that one fifth of tenants reported concerns about equipment at their properties, which the landlord was slow to respond to, or were never dealt with.

The charity has urged landlords to make sure they comply with legal obligations to ensure all electrical installations and wiring are kept in a safe condition throughout the duration of a tenancy.

Landlords face fines of tens of thousands of pounds or having their insurance invalidated if they fail to meet the requirements.

Tenants also have a responsibility to maintain the electrical items they bring into a rented property and to report hazards to their landlords immediately, the ESC said.

Its director general Phil Buckle said he wanted to see “tighter guidelines” for landlords on electrical safety.

He said: “We need all landlords to understand that they are not only putting people’s lives at risk, but they could also face serious financial loss through fines or invalidated insurance if they don’t act on their existing obligations.”

The findings come at a time when interest in the buy-to-let sector from landlords has been increasing due to  strong demand for private rental accommodation from tenants which has pushed up rents.

Many people have also become “accidental” landlords because they have found it hard to sell their home in the difficult economy.

That report is from Sky News

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