Commenting on the Government’s English Private Landlord Survey Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First said: “It is hugely encouraging to see such high levels of compliance among private landlords in England towards newly implemented electrical safety checks. This law, designed to protect both tenants and a landlord’s property, will ensure safer living standards for millions by better protecting people from the dangers of deteriorating electrics. Good landlords are already ensuring high standards. Yet those who are failing to meet their legal obligations under these new laws face fines of up to £30,000 and this should be enforced to protect tenants. Whilst five yearly electrical safety checks are now rightly afforded to the private rental sector we continue to urge the Government to ensure the same legal protections are extended to those in social housing”
Notes to editors:
- Five yearly electrical safety checks are a legal requirement in England and were championed by Electrical Safety First. The law in England requires landlords of the private rental sector to ensure the electrical installation of the property is assessed by a qualified and competent electrician at least every five years and faults identified, remedied.
- Landlords who fail to comply with the law face fines, in England, of up to £30,000
- Link to source: English Private Landlord Survey 2021: Main report (publishing.service.gov.uk)
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