The government has committed to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector.
No time date has been outlined for the implementation of the mandatory checks, with the consultation response outlining that Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector ‘will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows’.
The government’s decision to tighten up rules on electrical safety, which forms parts of its commitment to drive up standards in the PRS, will mean that landlords will be legally required to ensure that the inspectors they hire to carry out safety inspections have the necessary competence and qualifications to do so – with tough financial penalties for those who fail to comply.
New guidance which sets out the minimum level of competence and qualifications necessary for those carrying out these important inspections will be published by the government.
Housing minister Heather Wheeler said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home. While measures are already in place to crack down on the small minority of landlords who rent out unsafe properties, we need to do more to protect tenants.
“These new measures will reduce the risk of faulty electrical equipment, giving people peace of mind and helping to keep them safe in their homes.
“It will also provide clear guidance to landlords on who they should be hiring to carry out these important electrical safety checks.
“The new guidance will provide clear accountability at each stage of the inspection process – of what is required and whose responsibility it is – but without placing excessive cost and time burdens on landlords.”