Mandatory five year electrical safety checks for rental homes to be introduced

The government has backed new rules on electrical safety certificate legal requirements, outlined by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, whereby all rental properties will be required to have compulsory five-year electrical safety checks completed on electrical installations. The start date of these mandatory electrical safety checks is to be confirmed.

The new announcement comes after recommendations were made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower fire.

James Brokenshire, Housing Secretary, has also announced that there will be a ‘comprehensive review’ of fire safety guidelines this autumn.

Brokenshire states;

“There’s nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes. That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.”

“Dame Judith’s report sets out the right framework to improve safety, but I will not hesitate to go further than the recommendations where I deem it necessary. That is why I am going further than my original commitment to simply clarify the guidelines, by commencing an end-to-end technical review of the fire safety aspects of building regulations in the autumn.”

Responding to the announcement, Phil Buckle, director general of charity Electrical Safety First, said: “We are delighted the Government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks in the private rental sector which protects both tenants and landlords.”

You can find out more from the government, including the consultation into fire safety guidance, here.

To learn about your obligations as a landlord and how to minimise the risk of fire you can access our guide here and make sure you’re always covered with the right landlord insurance to protect your investment.

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