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Mandatory Electrical Safety Checks

Some of you may be aware that the Government has laid The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. Landlords must now ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested by a qualified electrician, working to the latest 18th edition requirements, at least every five years. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.

Further Information

  • Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days.
  • The private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant.
  • Proven breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

All properties currently tenanted have until April 2021 to have this carried out and all new tenancies have until July 2020.

As award-winning letting agents of Andover, we have access to team of fully qualified electricians with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to organise your electrical safety today.

Stay safe Andover
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❗️ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update ❗️

In line with the HM Governments advice avoiding essential contact, we’ve got a number of staff in isolation so therefore planning to work from home in the near future.

This means the office may close in the near future but we remain working from home for those of our team who are able.

Important Information:
Exchanged and due to complete?
Do not worry. Your nominated contact will be on hand still, and on completion day, arrangements will be made for keys to be dropped off/collected using a safe method but avoiding face to face contact.

Viewed a property and wish to place an offer?
Contact details below and a member of staff will get in touch with you.

Wishing to arrange a property viewing or valuation?
Contact details below and a member of staff will happily take your details and assist.

A tenant moving into a property?
Your nominated contact will be in contact with you to discuss a safe method collecting keys for a smooth handover but avoiding face to face contact.

A tenant requiring maintenance?
E-mail lettings@austinhawk.co.uk and a member of staff will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Government confirm complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters
For any tenants worrying about paying their rent due to the impact of Covid-19 please contact us at your earliest convenience by email to lettings@austinhawk.co.uk , to discuss a plan of action.

The government announced yesterday a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time.

Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the government have confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday announced yesterday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result.

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters

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Lettings emergencies only: Call 01264 350508 and listen to the automated voicemail providing the telephone number should you have a severe emergency but contractors will be reluctant to work themselves so please bear this in mind.

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