Landlords liable for digital TV switch over

Posted: 19 Nov 2007 17:43:41 GMT


            Property News - Landlords liable for digital TV switch over

Buy-to-let landlords have been reminded that they are legally responsible for making their rental properties capable of receiving digital television.

Buy-to-let landlords have been reminded that they are legally responsible for making their rental properties capable of receiving digital television.

Landlords with properties in a block of flats which share a communal television system must ensure that their flat has access to digital TV before the analogue signal is switched off in 2012.

According to the National Landlords' Association (NLA), a third of its members are unaware that it is their responsibility to take care of this.

"We are concerned how few landlords appear to be aware of their responsibilities relating to digital TV switchover," commented David Salusbury, NLA chairman.

"Any landlord who rents out a property which relies on a communal television system must ensure that the necessary steps are taken to make the switch to digital.

"Letting properties professionally is a serious responsibility. With so many legal obligations to the tenant, the business of letting can be a minefield of regulation," he concluded.

On November 14th of this year, Whitehaven became the first UK town to have its analogue TV signal switched off.

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