Soon to be Mandatory - Landlords Five Year Electrical Safety Checks

Date Published 09 August 2018

The government is intending to impose mandatory five year electrical safety checks for all electrical appliances and installations in rental 'homes'; it has not been released yet when this will come into force.

Many industry bodies' working groups have been recommending this type of regulation for some time; the last one request was submitted to the government at the end of last year.

Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has just confirmed that plans are being put into place for mandatory electrical safety checks, it is more than likely will start at the same time of the launch of a separate consultation on building regulations, following Dame Judith Hackett's review after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

James Brokenshire said: 'There is 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.'

Phil Buckle, director general of charity Electrical Safety First, responded to the statement when he 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.

'Electrical Safety First has led the charge for this to be made a legal requirement for UK homes and successfully lobbied for these to be introduced in the PRS in Scotland – with Wales and Northern Ireland set to follow suit.

'Our campaign for the introduction of these checks has been supported by 71% of MPs, from all parties.'