LANDLORDS must ensure that mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors, under new measures the Government will introduce to tighten safety in the private rented sector.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home,” said housing minister Heather Wheeler MP. “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 Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) said that guidance will be published that sets out the minimum level of competence and qualifications necessary for those hired by landlords to carry out electrical safety inspections.
Landlords who fail to comply will face “tough financial penalties” the ministry added.
The new guidance will provide “clear accountability” at each stage of the inspection process, setting out what is required and whose responsibility it is, but without “placing excessive cost and time burdens on landlords”.
Wheeler’s announcement comes in the wake of a consultation on electrical safety that closed in April 2018. Following this, the Government announced in July that regulations would be introduced requiring private sector landlords to undertake five-yearly safety checks of electrical installations in their properties.
The ministry said the Government intends to introduce new legislation on a “phased basis”, starting with new tenancies, as soon as Parliamentary time allows.
Safety and quality in social housing, meanwhile, will be covered later in a response to the social housing green paper.