Consultation launched into tougher electrical safety standards
New standards relating to electrical safety in the private rented sector are being consulted on by the government in a bid to improve safety for tenants.
There are also plans for electrical safety checks to be carried out on all rented properties once every five years.
The Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Working Group has put forward their recommendations for how to improve safety. A consultation has now been launched to examine these recommendations for improving electrical standards in the private rented sector.
The consultation, which runs until 16th April 2018, will also look at how to enforce such proposals, and what the penalties will be for non-compliance.
Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, said: “Everyone deserves a safe place to live. While measures are already in place to crack down on the minority of landlords who rent out unsafe properties we need to do more to protect tenants.”
Wheeler continued: “That’s why we introduced powers to enable stronger electrical safety standards to be brought in along with tough penalties for those who don’t comply.”
The government is calling on interested parties to get involved in the consultation, offering their views on the proposals which have been put forward. The government, however, is stressing the need to be fair to landlords while protecting the rights and safety of tenants.
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