Mandatory electrical checks in private rented housing

Landlords are backing calls for the Government to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in private rented housing.

A debate in Parliament on electrical safety in private rented housing was initiated by Mike Thornton-Liberal Democrat MP, with the Residential Landlords Association also supporting calls for legislation to ensure rented homes are checked by a registered electrician every ten years.

As it stands existing legislation only affects houses in Multiple Occupation and requires tests every five years. Owner occupied houses are only “recommended” to have electrical tests every ten years.

Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association said, “It is illogical that gas checks are required annually but electrical safety checks are applied only to a part of the market. As with gas, tenants should rightly expect that when they move into a property theelectrics are safe and should be able to see a dated certificate to prove this. However tenants must also not overload or abuse their own electrical equipment which is a frequent cause of fire and injury.”

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