Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to define the standard of competency required for landlords meeting their electrical safety obligation to tenants.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government is introducing a new requirement for electrical safety inspections to be conducted by a competent person at least every 5 years in all privately rented properties. The Government will produce guidance for landlords employing inspectors and testers to carry out the inspections. This will set out how landlords should determine the correct level of qualification and competence required to undertake the work of inspecting electrical installations in privately rented housing.

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