Strict rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties.
Gas Safety Certificates have been mandatory for many years and it is crazy in our opinion that for far too long there has been confusion about electrical safety rules for let property, now hopefully this will be resolved as it is in the interests of not just tenants, but also landlords and agents.
New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors.
The government is also to publish new guidance which sets out the minimum level of competence and qualifications necessary for those carrying out these important inspections, meaning – says government – that both landlords and tenants can be assured that their home is safe from electrical faults.
Minister for Housing and Homelessness Heather Wheeler MP says: “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 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.”