Landlords will be legally required to introduce higher levels of electrical safety on rented properties, following new government rules.
Mandatory electrical inspections will have to be carried out by ‘competent and qualified’ inspectors, as announced by minister for housing and homelessness Heather Wheeler MP today, 29 January.
Landlords could face tough financial penalties if they don’t comply with the new rules.
Ministers are set to publish new guidance which sets out the minimum level of competence and qualifications necessary for those carrying out the inspections to ensure let property is safe from electrical faults.
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.
“It will also provide clear guidance to landlords on who they should be hiring to carry out these important electrical safety checks.”
The minister says 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.
The rules are part of the government’s efforts to drive up standards in the private rented sector.