Government response to PRS review misses mandotory checks

19 March 2015

Commenting on the Government’s response to the review of conditions in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First said:

“We are extremely disappointed that our call for regular, mandatory electrical checks throughout the PRS has failed, particularly since almost 80% of respondents to the review of the sector supported it. However, we understand that the Government will keep the situation under consideration.

“Currently, registered houses in multiple occupation are already required to have a five year review of the electrical installation. But a blanket requirement for such testing in all PRS homes would reduce confusion around best practice and provide a degree of parity with gas safety, which landlords must have checked every year. The cost for this essential precaution would be a small price to pay for the protection of people and property. Particularly since fires from an electrical cause are estimated to produce £1 Billion worth of damage to homes in the last year.”


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