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Electrical safety information for landlords.
|These regulations came into force on January 9th 1995 and
are applicable to all electrical equipment with voltages
between 50 and 800 if alternating current or between voltages
of 75 and 1500 if direct current.
In order to comply a Landlord must ensure that all the electrical equipment in his property is safe. It must therefore comply with the Consumer Protection Act 1987 but must also comply with the above regulations. Therefore in order to minimise risk the Landlord must ensure the safety of all animals and the property as well as those humans who either live in the property or may enter upon the premises. Safety includes minimising the risk of injury as well as death.
Remember that you could also be convicted of manslaughter and there are far greater penalties for that!
In January 2005 new legislation made it a legal requirement under Part P of the Building Regulations, for certain types of electrical work in dwellings and associated buildings such as garages, sheds, greenhouses and outbuildingd to comply with the relevant standards. At the end of the day if such work is to be carried out on a DIY basis you must belong to one of the Government approved Competent person Self-certification schemes or submit a building notice to the local authority before the work is carried out.
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