The Government is set to outline the details of its new
electrical safety rules for the private rental sector.
Following a consultation on new electrical safety rules for
private landlords, the Government has committed to introduce mandatory electrical
safety checks in private rental homes every five years.
No date has been set for the implementation of the new
electrical safety rules, however, the consultation response states that the
standards “will be introduced as soon as Parliamentary time allows”.
The new electrical safety rules, which form part of the
Government’s commitment to improve standards in the private rental sector, will
require landlords to ensure that the inspectors that they hire to conduct
checks have the necessary competence and qualifications to do so, with tough
financial penalties for those that fail to comply.
The Government will publish new guidance, which details the
minimum level of competence and qualifications required for those carrying out
The Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, says: “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.”
She continues: “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.”
We will continue to keep
landlords up to date with announcements on the new law.