Mandatory five-year electrical safety checks to be introduced

Fri 20 Jul 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have announced that mandatory five year electrical checks for homes in the private rented sector are to be introduced. This means landlords will be legally required to get electrical installations inspected by a qualified electrician before letting a property and then every five years thereafter. The exact requirements are yet to be finalised and a start date for the new regulations isn't known either. 

Recently appointed Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, announced the plans yesterday alongside a consultation into fire safety building regulations guidance. 

The move has been backed by the campaign group, Electrical Safety First, who have been pushing for this change for many years. As long ago as 2014 they published a detailed report on the dangers of electrical safety in the private rented sector. The report, which can be downloaded here, highlighted that around 20,000 fires a year are caused by 'electrical appliances and wiring'. 

For a long time, we have recommended that landlords get electrical installations inspected as good practice and for peace of mind. We are pleased inspections are to become mandatory as both landlords and tenants will be safe in the knowledge that the electrics have been tested by a professional. Whilst this is an extra cost to landlords, we will be contacting our electricians to negotiate a competitive price for landlords with properties under management with us. We will ensure our landlords are informed of the new requirements when the full details are announced.