Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for PRS landlords
Thursday 19th July 2018
Residential Landlords Association
Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules announced today.
The new mandatory requirement for PRS landlords is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the Government, which has also launched a consultation into building regulations' fire safety guidance.
A start date for the checks to be introduced has yet to be announced.
The Government has clarified the guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and is now seeking views on the revisions.
The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said there will also be a full-scale review of the guidelines covering fire safety matters within and around buildings, known as 'Approved Document B', this autumn.
This is something the RLA has been calling for and the move has been welcomed by the association.
The technical review will assess, amongst other things, whether the underlying policy should be updated to reflect modern building practice, the latest understanding of fire risks and technical and scientific innovations.