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Fail to comply to these legal requirements and your landlord insurance may be void!
Decide NOT TO Comply
This is the cheapest (short term) way for the landlord -and also the hardest way to pass the buck if something were to go wrong (electrically) further down the line
Landlords should remember that renting a property is a business and they are responsible for their business and the way they conduct themselves.
Best case scenario-
Everything ticks along, nothing adverse happens and the money keeps rolling in.
Worst case scenario (really laying it on thick, so forgive us)
Back in the real world - some risks that may happen (scary things)
If a tenant is hurt by the electrics the landlord will find it hard to prove the electrical system was safe (no paperwork)
The landlord insurance may refuse to pay- many insurance companies require a landlord to use registered companies. If this is the case then paperwork (invoices / certificates) would be needed.
As this is a business the landlord may be held liable (corporate manslaughter if a tenant were to die in a fire and the landlord were found to be negligent)
If a landlord is a homeowner (and not a limited company) a claim could be made against a family home- is it worth losing your home to save a few pounds?
This is particularly important as the Scottish Government have updated the
smoke detector guidance
in rental properties.