The Private Rented Sector

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) now houses more than 9 million people and 1.3 million families in England. Yet standards have not kept up with this rapid growth and electrical safety is a real problem.

Landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, by not acting on their electrical safety obligations. Ignoring their responsibilities means landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire.

Electrical Safety First campaigns for better regulation of the PRS, and we have released a joint report with Shelter which examines electrical conditions in the sector.

Our campaigns offer advice to landlords and tenants, helping them to understand their obligations and stay safe in rented homes.

Jane's Story

Jane Andain knows too well the consequences of a lack of regulation – her daughter, Thirza Whittall, was electrocuted six years ago as the result of poor electrics in the house she was renting. Jane has shared her story in our short film.

Support for Landlords and Tenants

Our resources make it easier for landlords to understand and act on their obligations for electrical safety and help tenants to keep themselves safe in their rented homes.

Visit our pages for Landlords and Tenants to find out more.