News release: Don’t be a Christmas Turkey: Tenants urged to get electrics checked

12
Dec

News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Don’t be a Christmas Turkey: Tenants urged to get electrics checked

With Christmas Trees, lights and new gadgets being plugged in during the festive season, the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) are asking their members to make sure electrical safety checks have been carried out to keep tenants safe over the festive period.

Last year 558, approximately 10%[i] of house fires in Scotland, were caused by faulty appliances and leads.  The CLA is working with Fire Scotland to encourage its members, landlords and tenants to make sure electrical safety checks have been carried out.

The CLA, along with sister organisation, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) were instrumental in ensuring that mandatory electrical safety checks were introduced during the passage of the Housing (Scotland) Act earlier this year to improve safety. This legislation is expected to be implemented from December 2015. While it is not currently a legal requirement to carry out formal electrical testing, it is strongly recommended in order to demonstrate compliance with landlords’ repairing obligations.

Amanda Wieworka, Chairman of the Council of Letting Agents policy group said:

“Electrical safety in the home is always important, but at this time of year when tenants are busier and Christmas decorations and presents have been added into the mix, we urge that all tenants have made sure that their letting agents have carried out full electrical safety checks on properties.

“It is the responsibility of the CLA and its members to ensure that we get this message across in time for the holidays and I hope that this reminder allows us to do just that.”

Peter Murray, Assistant Chief Officer at Scotland Fire and Rescue Services said:

“Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of fire related incident in the home in Scotland every year. Especially at this time of year it is important to make sure that we are all doing all that we can to prevent accidents like these from happening.

“I commend the CLA for taking this decisive action for their members and their tenants.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors

About the Council of Letting Agents – http://www.counciloflettingagents.com/

The Council of Letting Agents (CLA) represents Scotland’s leading letting agents. It is the largest professional association of its kind and is at the head of the lettings industry in Scotland.

The CLA represents the collective opinion of our member letting agents and we encourage all our members to feed in by email or phone. Landlords and agents are in the same industry, so we believe working together as much as possible as equal parts of SAL, the leading trade body in the country, makes us all stronger.

Policy Group chairman Amanda Wieworka leads the group and represents agents on the SAL National Council which feeds into the overall policy position of the organisation.