Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Standards Working Group Report

Published on Wed, 8th Nov 2017 18:39

The DCLG have published the report of the Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Working Group.


An enabling power was included in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 allowing requirements for electrical safety standards in the private rented sector, and their enforcement, to be set through secondary legislation at a later date.


Following Royal Assent, a cross-sector working group was established to provide recommendations on what, if any, legislative requirements should be introduced and to ensure that any requirements strike the right balance by protecting tenants while not over burdening landlords. The group includes members drawn from different interests including landlord, letting agent and tenant representatives.


The working group has recommended introducing five yearly mandatory electrical installation checks for private rented property and that a PRS electrical testing competent persons’ scheme should be set up. The group also recommends that other safety measures be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.


The working group report can be found online here.


They will engage further with the sector to test the recommendations of the working group to ensure that any regulation introduced is balanced and works for landlords and tenants and plan to consult in the new year.