Compulsory gas, electrical inspections
23 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — The gas and electrical fittings in 300,000 homes will undergo compulsory inspections every decade, starting from 2007.
23 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — The gas and electrical fittings in 300,000 homes will undergo compulsory inspections every decade, starting from 2007.
The houses targeted are mainly older, pre-World War II private rental homes that are showing maintenance arrears. These include student rooms, apartment complexes and pensions.
Housing Minister Sybilla Dekker told MPs on Monday she has reached an agreement with the Dutch association of municipalities VNG over the inspections.
Homeowners, rather than tenants, will be responsible for the costs of inspections. These costs will amount to about EUR 10 per year.
The targeted houses account for 5 percent of the total number of Dutch homes.
Dekker said random inspections had demonstrated improved supervision was not a "superfluous luxury".
The minister said home owners are chiefly responsible for gas and electrical safety, followed by municipal authorities.
Municipalities will oversee the inspections and draw up a certified standard in consultation with industry organisations.
A commission working to set up a compulsory inspection system for all homes claimed last week that 40 percent of Dutch houses are unsafe due to gas and electrical faults.
The commission included faulty lamps and televisions in its figures, a Housing Ministry spokesman said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news