Many renters or leasers believe that their only responsibility to their landlord is paying for their accommodation and nothing else. They believe that any other responsibility that is required for the house should fall under the landlord’s domain. This has also led many tenants to become unduly careless when living in rented premises and leave the safeguarding to their landlord. This is a mistaken belief because as long as a renter or tenant is occupying a premise the responsibility to be safe is primarily under their direct care. This covers all areas including electrical safety. Normally lease agreements state the exact requirements needed from both the renter or leaser and their landlord. When it comes to electrical safety for buildings, landlords must ensure they deal with only certified electricians so as to safeguard their tenant’s safety and the market value of their premises.
For those tenants that use commercial premises for their work and employ staff, they must ensure the safety of their staff by arranging for training in all pertinent safety and health matters like electrical safety. This training can be carried out by a competent electrical contractor who should use practical hands-on approaches to ensure that staffs understand their responsibilities when handling electrical devices and tools. They should also learn the proper control of lighting devices and how to ensure that energy consumption is not excessive or unnecessary. Without this important training staff would not become safety conscious and this would lead to unwanted accidents. In homes where tenants have families, this training is very important because young children are left at home when renters go to make their living and it is very crucial that their caregivers are empowered with safety knowledge for their protection
A tenant must also keep an eye out for any electrical malfunctions in their premises. In many much used buildings, malfunctions can come from loosely attached or detached electrical sockets, exposed electrical conduits and wires, spaghetti networks that cris cross pathways or walkways or even electrical wires exposed in bathrooms and other areas with water sources. These lead to terrible fires if not handled effectively. A tenant must immediately report these hazards to their landlord and demand quick action to rectify the anomaly. Furthermore, a landlord should contact a qualified electrician to come and perform the necessary repairs and maintenance on the fault and certify that it has been rectified.
Tenants that have stayed for many years in certain premises are also supposed to request their landlord to perform inspection of their electrical networks after every 5 years. This is because of the constant increase in the number of electrical gadgets in use at any given time depending on each tenant’s personal living arrangements. Electrical inspections are good at uncovering instabilities in an electrical system and rectifying them before they harm tenants and their families. They also encourage good faith between tenants and their landlords by showing that their landlord cares about their welfare.
Renters Safety Responsibilities When Using Their Landlord’s