There is a statutory requirement on landlords to ensure that electrical installations in a building are kept safe and in good working order. Our publication ‘Top Tips for Landlords’(1) encourages landlords to consider having electrical installations and equipment checked. The Electrical Safety Council recommends that safety checks are carried out every five years.
Local authorities have powers under the Housing Act 2004 to investigate electrical hazards. Local authorities can also introduce a licensing scheme for private rented housing in their area under certain circumstances, Conditions can be attached to the licence specifying any requirements with which a landlord must comply. We will be working with local authorities over the summer to try and establish the extent to which licensing is used and the type of conditions that are typically attached to those licences.