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Topic Title: Periodic I&T for a Tennant in a commercial unit.
Topic Summary: Who is responsible for organising and payment?
Created On: 03 September 2013 04:40 PM
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 03 September 2013 04:40 PM
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Afternoon Guys,

Just had a query from someone who rents, long term, a commercial unit.
They have just received a letter from their new landlord (the whole group of units have just changed hands) demanding that they produce up to date documentation relating to the electrical system. Presumably so they can pass on to their own insurance company.

I just wondered if the landlord should be the one to organise this? I don't know what the terms of agreement are that have been signed up to, but i do know that there was no documentation given to the tennant when they moved in which seems a bit of a double standard to me.

Anyhoo if anyone has come across this below and perhaps has ideas let me know


 03 September 2013 05:01 PM
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John Peckham

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As you said you don't know what the terms of the agreement are but it is common for the Landlord to maintain and I&T the common areas and for the tenants to maintain and I&T their areas.

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 03 September 2013 05:03 PM
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In commercial premises very often tenants are responsible for maintenance and subsequent inspections like electrical, gas etc; under the terms of their lease, contact the landlord or managing agent and they should be able to clarify this for you.


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 03 September 2013 08:09 PM
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Agreed, it will be a contract issue wrt the tenancy agreement.

I'm about to do one for a tenant now, I'm trying to put it off with the tenant, because the LL wants to pull the buildings down next year, & they want the tenants to bring the buildings up to scratch before they knock it down!
 04 September 2013 01:06 AM
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kj scott

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The issue is contractual, but the tenant also has a legal duty to ensure that the installation is safe for any of their employees. EAWR reg 4 and HASAW Act; section, 2 General duties of employers to their employees.

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