The government has decided to tighten up on the rules regarding electrical safety. This includes making sure that the inspectors that landlords use to carry out safety inspections are properly qualified and have the necessary competence to do so. They have also suggested that there will be mandatory five yearly electrical safety certificates throughout the private rented sector.
No specific date has yet been assigned for the implementation of the compulsory checks, but the consultation response outlining that Electrical Safety Standards states: “it will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows’. The new measures emerge from a consultation period (February to April 2018) involving discussions with housing charities; landlord associations and local councils, as well as individuals, including electricians; landlords; tenants and fire consultants. These new legislations will be phased in over a period of time and the rental sector will be given at least 6 months to become familiar with the new legislation before it comes into force. Their decision to tighten up rules on electrical safety forms part of the governments drive to improve standards throughout the private rented sector.
Heather Wheeler, the Housing Minister stated “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.”