Electrical safety for renters

Tough new rules for electrical inspections in private rented properties have been announced today.  The rules will offer greater protection for tenants.

The changes ensure that inspections on electrical equipment are carried out by competent and qualified testers, keeping people safe in their home and it is part of the Government's commitment to drive up standards in the private rented sector.  Landlords will face tough financial penalties if they fail to comply.

The new guidance will provide clear accountability at each stage of the inspection process of what is required and whose responsibility it is, but without placing excessive cost and time burdens on landlords.

As well as making homes safer for tenants, improving electrical safety also benefits landlords by making a material improvement to their property and helping to prevent fires, which can cause costly and significant damage.

The measures announced today build on ongoing government action to drive up standards in the private rented sector and support people to feel safe and secure in their home, ensuring millions of hard-working tenants can live in the homes they deserve.

Ministers have also introduced tough new powers for councils to tackle the small minority of rogue landlords who rent out poor quality properties, including fines of up to £30,000 and banning orders for landlords who do not comply.

The Tenant Fees Bill, which will be implemented from 1 June, will bring an end to unnecessary, costly fees imposed by landlords or property agents – stopping tenants being charged hundreds of pounds for minor fixes to their homes and putting cash back in their pockets.

Together, these measures will help to create a housing market that works for everyone by making renting fair and more transparent for all.