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Five-yearly electrical safety checks in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) a legal requirement for landlords.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Commenting on Baroness Grender's Renters' Rights Private Members' Bill - which recently had its second reading in the House of Lords - Phil Buckle, Director General of the charity, Electrical Safety First, said: "One of the clauses in this Bill seeks to strengthen the Government's amendment to the Housing and Planning Act - which would make regular, five-yearly electrical safety checks in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) a legal requirement for landlords. "We strongly support such a requirement, which would benefit both landlords and tenants. Electricity causes around half of all domestic fires in Great Britain, leading to billions of pounds of property damage and immeasurable personal cost. Dangerous electrics in the PRS results in more deaths and injuries than those…

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Two-thirds of buyers fail to check electrics when purchasing a property.

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Two-thirds of the homes purchased in the last two years have not been checked for electrical safety, a charity has warned.Electrical Safety First says homebuyers mistakenly believe a survey will check the electrics, leaving them at risk of high bills, electric shock or fire. Buyers are instead being urged to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report. There are several obvious items to check when purchasing a property such as the quality of the boiler, roof, damp and the structure - many of which will be picked up by surveys. But if you want to check the electrics then you would need a separate inspection by an electrician. A survey of more than 2,000 homeowners who purchased their property in the past two years…

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Ikea to sell only energy-saving LED lightbulbs

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The move affects over 2.3m bulbs sold by the Swedish furniture chain each year in the UK and an undisclosed number in its markets elsewhere in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. The EU was expected to ban certain halogen bulbs from sale from September 2016 but earlier this year delayed the ban until 2018, saying LED technology would not be ready in time. Steve Howard, Ikea's chief sustainability officer, said that three years ago, shoppers experienced 'price tag shock' with LEDs, but now their quality and cost had reached a tipping point, and the time was right for the switch. "If it's right for the customer, it'll be right for Ikea. If you can produce a product that can last 25-30…

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