MP ready to take on the landlords

Daily Echo: MP ready to take on the landlords MP ready to take on the landlords

A HAMPSHIRE MP will today call for private landlords to be more accountable over electrical safety in homes they rent out in Hampshire.

In a Westminster debate, Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton will urge the Government to change the law and make it a legal requirement for landlords to provide electrical as well as gas safety certificates in homes.

It comes after one of his constituents in Netley Abbey raised concerns about electrics in his home.

Malcolm Parker, 45, said sockets and wires were left hanging out of walls when he moved into a rented house in Priory Road in August 2011, while other electrics were very close to the plumbing.

He said: “I could not understand it. I raised it with my letting agent and I was told there was no regulation for it and that they did not have to be tested. I couldn’t believe that, but when I spoke to the Electrical Safety Council they confirmed it.

“You can’t blame the landlord or the tenants, because there is nothing in place. I brought it up with the MP a month and a half ago, and it’s brilliant how it has snowballed to this stage.”

Under current regulations, landlords do not have to certify the safety of the electrics in privately rented properties or prove when the electrics were last tested, unless they are registered houses of multiple occupation.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr Thornton said: “With more and more people now renting their homes, it’s more important than ever that tenants can live safe in the knowledge that the electrics in their home have been tested and certified.

“The Government must realise that the current laws are just not up to scratch. Electrical safety certificates should be mandatory in the same way gas safety certificates are.”

Phil Buckle, director general of the ESC, a charity that has campaigned for legally required checks for four years, added: “Half of all fires in homes in Britain are caused by electricity and research suggests that private tenants are likely to be at greater risk of fire than residents in other housing sectors.”

The debate takes place at 4pm.

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12:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

boilerman says...

As A gas engineer I think this is a good Idea.
It is not another stick to hit landlords with but something to make sure they honor a duty of care to tenants.
Also if tenants damage electrical fittings this will have to come out of their deposit.
As A gas engineer I think this is a good Idea. It is not another stick to hit landlords with but something to make sure they honor a duty of care to tenants. Also if tenants damage electrical fittings this will have to come out of their deposit. boilerman

1:29pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Quentin Heslop says...

And while he's at it, pursuing a very sensible course, get rid of the requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate at new tenancies.
And while he's at it, pursuing a very sensible course, get rid of the requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate at new tenancies. Quentin Heslop

3:15pm Wed 18 Dec 13

derek james says...

a lot of mp's are landlords let's hope he has his house (houses) in order
a lot of mp's are landlords let's hope he has his house (houses) in order derek james

4:56pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Poppy22 says...

Good to see that he's listened to one of his constituents regarding electrical safety. However he's ignoring many of his, very well informed, constituents (and many national high profile charities and organisations) regarding the "gagging law" bill - about time he listened to them and acted for them too, and doesn't just do what his party leaders tell him!
Good to see that he's listened to one of his constituents regarding electrical safety. However he's ignoring many of his, very well informed, constituents (and many national high profile charities and organisations) regarding the "gagging law" bill - about time he listened to them and acted for them too, and doesn't just do what his party leaders tell him! Poppy22

5:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

lozgordon says...

Now let us see if he will assist people suffering hardship under this Bedroom Tax. We have just had to help a family member out because they were being threatened with eviction, The sooner a politician grows a pair and listens to voters the better,
Me, ex liberal voter never ever again. talk about being sold a pup.
Now let us see if he will assist people suffering hardship under this Bedroom Tax. We have just had to help a family member out because they were being threatened with eviction, The sooner a politician grows a pair and listens to voters the better, Me, ex liberal voter never ever again. talk about being sold a pup. lozgordon

10:01am Sat 28 Dec 13

one in a million says...

Shame this gutless political joke isn't listening to his constituents concerns about the urbanisation of his ward instead. But then again neither is his "master" Keith House. #fibdems
Shame this gutless political joke isn't listening to his constituents concerns about the urbanisation of his ward instead. But then again neither is his "master" Keith House. #fibdems one in a million

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