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Electrical inspections in private rented accommodation 13/02/2019 Labelled as Regulation

The government is introducing new rules to ensure electrical inspections in the private sector are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors.


An earlier government consultation on Electrical safety in the private rented sector ran from 17 February to 16 April 2018 and received 582 responses from a range of organisations, including landlord associations, housing charities and local authorities, as well as individuals including electricians, landlords, tenants and fire and rescue representatives.


Following the consultation, the government announced in July that regulations would be introduced requiring private sector landlords to undertake 5 yearly safety checks of electrical installations in their properties. However, legislation to require 5 yearly safety checks has not yet been introduced and the government says it intends to introduce new legislation on a phased basis, starting with new tenancies, as soon as Parliamentary time allows.


The new guidance will be broadly in line with existing regulations in Scotland, helping to ensure consistency and ease for landlords operating across the two nations.


Further measures to ensure that electrical inspections are carried out by competent persons were announced by Housing Minister Heather Wheeler on 29 January 2019 but will only cover the private rented sector for the time being.


The government says that the forthcoming response to the social housing green paper consultation will cover a wide range of issues including the safety and quality of social housing and it remains to be seen whether we will see similar mandatory requirements introduced for social rented housing

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