Landlords, EICR's and Certificates - Why safety always comes first

Properties rented in the UK have to be safe and comply with current legislation and measures for Gas, Electrical and Water safety. But with so much compliance for the private rental sector (PRS) to navigate - have landlords successfully completed EICR's in time and does that mean tenants are now safe?

In this episode Sián is joined by James Kent; managing director of Safe2Ltd - The Leading Provider of Property Safety Certificates.

James talks about how Safe2 has managed the logistics of getting rental properties up to standard and the barriers electrical engineers have faced when attempting to enter the property and carry out EICR’s.

We discuss the key issues around non compliance including the potential for landlords to be fined up £30,000 for failures and non compliance.

Sián asks if there is any leeway on the current 28 days allowed if the property requires remedial work and why Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a legal requirement for HMO's but that it makes sense for landlords to have all appliances provided for tenants use tested.

Sián looks at the risk involved with more tenants working from home and how landlords really do have the lives of tenants in their hands.

James gives his Top Tips to help landlords remain compliant and avoid fines including using registered, insured and experienced engineers to avoid issues at the end of the tenancy with automated certificate renewals and subscription based compliance options with Safe2Rent and Safe2Buy services. Final comments are from James who provides advice for landlords on a little known option to extend the length of the Gas Safety Certificate. Want to know more? Listen in to find out how!



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