Electrical Safety First responds to Private Renters Report

10 October 2016

In response to Sian Berry AM’s Report on Private Renters, Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First commented:

“We wholeheartedly welcome Sian Berry AM’s report on the Private Rented Sector. The report findings speak for themselves; more than one in three London tenants reported that they had repair issues with electrics in the home. This is simply too high a figure to ignore. We know that electrical hazards pose a very real threat to London tenants; reports from London Fire Brigade show that electrical fires as a proportion are increasing in the capital.

“Every year around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by faulty electrics and electrical equipment. We have long called for mandatory electrical safety checks to be conducted within a maximum five year period and we fully support this report’s recommendation to include electrical checks in landlord licencing. It is only through regular mandatory checks that we can ensure vulnerable tenants are protected.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Clause 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act enables the Government to bring forward regulations to introduce electrical safety checks to the private rented sector: http://bit.ly/2cNkqI1

Five year mandatory electrical safety checks are already in place in Scotland and are due to be introduced in Wales.

In 2010, electricity caused 52% of fires in the homes. In 2015 it was 55%. Whilst fires in the home are falling as a whole, as a proportion electrical fires are increasing: http://bit.ly/2dX6UTe