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ECA backs Government plans for electrical safety in private rented sector

Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on ECA backs Government plans for electrical safety in private rented sector

Following the Government’s response to a public consultation on electrical safety in the private rented sector (PRS), leading electrotechnical trade body ECA has responded to the main conclusions, which include:

  • Introducing legislation to make five-yearly electrical safety checks mandatory
  • Producing new guidance for landlords that demonstrates the levels of qualification and competence required to carry out electrical inspections
  • A commitment to ensuring the regulations are properly enforced and that there are real penalties for failing to comply.
  • ECA director of technical Steve Martin commented: “ECA has long argued for regular electrical checks to take place in privately rented homes. It is vital that tenants feel safe wherever they live, and that landlords are provided with a cost-effective and practical way forward, which these proposals deliver.

    “An important test will lie in the enforcement regime, and it is vital that those with oversight, such as councils, have the tools they need to ensure landlords follow the law. It is now key that the Government puts these plans into law at the nearest opportunity.”

    ECA director of employment and skills Andrew Eldred added: “ECA backs Government plans to provide new guidance to landlords that should put robust, industry recognised qualifications at the heart of proving the competency of those carrying out the work.”

    The government’s response comes after an initial consultation was held from February to April 2018, to which ECA responded. In July 2018, Government announced that regulations would be introduced, requiring private landlords to carry out electrical safety checks every five years.

    The MHCLG announcement this week on electrical checks comes just weeks after the Government responded to the Hackitt Review into the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Government backed all of the recommendations in the Review, including the need for greater regulation, and clearer standards and guidance.