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    I've just read this in the RLA news letter

    "Unless you want to be criminalised after April 6th - check your electrical certification is up to date. Although some landlords have had electrical safety checks carried out within the last five years the vast majority may not have done."

    Does this mean it is now law to have checks done every 5 years??

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    Originally posted by ziggy
    I've just read this in the RLA news letter

    "Unless you want to be criminalised after April 6th - check your electrical certification is up to date. Although some landlords have had electrical safety checks carried out within the last five years the vast majority may not have done."

    Does this mean it is now law to have checks done every 5 years??
    The NICEIC recommend that installations are checked every 5 years but I am not aware that it is law.It may be advisable though considering HHSRS comes into force on 6th April
    Disclaimer:I have over 30 years experience in housing(both social and private) as an EHO and Building Surveyor.I am also a certified expert witness having spent the last 15years working in housing litigation.The advice I give is from experience in working for various Local Authorities and how the law is interpretated.Housing Law is a minefield and is continually being amended if in any doubt you should consult a solicitor or someone of equal legal standing.

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    • #3
      The RLA newsletter also says that it's now against the law for anyone other than qualified electricians to do electrical work, which is total twaddle.

      Nuff said.

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      • #4
        Err...............a little knowledge............

        It's to do with HMO's and not ordinary property. Doesn't the whole world know that on 6 April the new HMO licensing legislation comes in? That is of course if your local council is up to date, and that might be 10% of them and no more, so don't worry too much yet!
        The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Paul_f
          Err...............a little knowledge............

          It's to do with HMO's and not ordinary property. Doesn't the whole world know that on 6 April the new HMO licensing legislation comes in? That is of course if your local council is up to date, and that might be 10% of them and no more, so don't worry too much yet!
          The Health and Saftey rating system applies to all residental propertys not just HMO'S
          Disclaimer:I have over 30 years experience in housing(both social and private) as an EHO and Building Surveyor.I am also a certified expert witness having spent the last 15years working in housing litigation.The advice I give is from experience in working for various Local Authorities and how the law is interpretated.Housing Law is a minefield and is continually being amended if in any doubt you should consult a solicitor or someone of equal legal standing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pms
            The Health and Saftey rating system applies to all residental propertys not just HMO'S

            The First Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 2, 4 and 250(2)(a) of the Housing Act 2004[1] makes the following Regulations:

            Citation, commencement and application
            1. —(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England) Regulations 2005 and shall come into force on 6th April 2006.

            (2) These Regulations apply in relation to residential premises in England only[2].

            Does that now answer the question!
            Disclaimer:I have over 30 years experience in housing(both social and private) as an EHO and Building Surveyor.I am also a certified expert witness having spent the last 15years working in housing litigation.The advice I give is from experience in working for various Local Authorities and how the law is interpretated.Housing Law is a minefield and is continually being amended if in any doubt you should consult a solicitor or someone of equal legal standing.

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