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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Calls for five year mandatory electrical checks

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s have recommended that private
sector landlords be undertake a mandatory five-yearly check of electrical installations in their rental properties.

The CLG Select Committee report  called on government to introduce a requirement to review electrical installations every five years, with a visual check being undertaken on change of tenancy. To achieve this, it asks government to liaise with the electrical industry to establish suitable certification.

Phil Buckle of the Electrical Safety Council commented “We are delighted that the Committee has made this recommendation. We have, for some time now, been lobbying hard for such mandatory regulation in the PRS. The Government’s own data shows that 21% of England’s PRS contains category 1 hazards - the most dangerous risk to health and safety under the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System."

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