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Landlord confusion exposing electrical dangers

Confusion between landlords and tenants over safety is exposing electrical dangers, according to research from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC).

The Council identified misunderstandings between landlords and tenants over responsibilities for safety are exposing millions of people to life-threatening electrical dangers.

The ESC is concerned that the rise in inexperienced landlords – many of whom are finding it easier to rent out their property than sell it – will further compromise safety.

More than one fifth of all private tenants (21 per cent) already report concerns with the electrical safety in their home and three quarters of private tenants (75 per cent) can’t recall discussing electrical safety with their landlord.

The ESC’s research also found that landlords and tenants are confused about their responsibilities whereby three in ten landlords and two-fifths of renters do not know who is responsible for electrical safety in their rented properties (29 per cent and 40 per cent respectively).

According to research from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), misunderstandings between landlords and tenants over responsibilities for safety are exposing millions of people to life-threatening electrical dangers.

The ESC has found that of all the people receiving an electric shock, private tenants are disproportionately affected: with 16 per cent of the UK population living in private rented properties, they account for 20 per cent of UK adults receiving an electric shock.