Private rental electrical inspection rules toughened

7 February 2019

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler announced new measures to ‘better protect’ private renters regarding electrical safety, to lower fire risks and ensure ‘competent and qualified’ inspectors are used.

The government announced that this initiative ‘tightens up rules on electrical safety’ for the protection of tenants, and ensure that ‘mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors’. The ‘tough’ new rules for electrical inspections are part of the government’s commitment to ‘drive up standards’ in the private rental sector, and landlords will be ‘legally required’ to ensure competent and qualified inspectors are hired.
 
Failure to comply with this would result in ‘tough financial penalties’, while new guidance will also be published to set out the ‘minimum level’ of competence and qualifications necessary. Accountability will be ‘clear’ at each inspection process stage, in terms of ‘what is required and whose responsibility it is’, without placing ‘excessive cost and time burdens’ on landlords. The improvements to electrical safety will also make a ‘material improvement’ to properties and help prevent fires.
 
Ms Wheeler 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.’
Private rental electrical inspection rules toughened