Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what steps his Department takes to educate private landlords on their responsibilities regarding electrical safety in their properties;

(2) what steps his Department takes to educate tenants in the private rented sector on their rights regarding electrical safety.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

In August 2011, a package of guidance for both landlords and tenants was placed on my Department's website. The guidance covered the rights and responsibilities for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector with respect to electrical safety.

Private landlords are responsible for the health and safety of their tenants. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires that electrical installations are safe when a tenancy begins, and are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.

There are no specific legal requirements relating to the frequency of inspections and tests of electrical equipment, including portable appliances. Instead a risk assessment needs to be made in relation to the type of equipment, the users of electrical equipment and the environment in which the equipment is used.

The Electrical Safety Council produce guidance for landlords on electrical safety and it can be found on their website:

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