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Compulsory five-year electrical checks for landlords

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules announced this week.

The move has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association, which has been calling for rules to be changed.

It is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the Government, which has also launched a consultation into building regulations’ fire safety guidance.

The Government has clarified the guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and is now seeking views on the revisions.

The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said there will also be a full-scale review of the guidelines covering fire safety matters within and around buildings, known as ‘Approved Document B’, this autumn.

He said: “There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes.

“That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.

“Dame Judith’s report sets out the right framework to improve safety, but I will not hesitate to go further than the recommendations where I deem it necessary.

“That is why I am going further than my original commitment to simply clarify the guidelines, by commencing an end-to-end technical review of the fire safety aspects of building regulations in the autumn.”

Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules announced today.

The move has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association.

It is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the Government, which has also launched a consultation into building regulations’ fire safety guidance.

The Government has clarified the guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and is now seeking views on the revisions.

The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said there will also be a full-scale review of the guidelines covering fire safety matters within and around buildings, known as ‘Approved Document B’, this autumn.

He said: “There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes.

“That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.

“Dame Judith’s report sets out the right framework to improve safety, but I will not hesitate to go further than the recommendations where I deem it necessary.

“That is why I am going further than my original commitment to simply clarify the guidelines, by commencing an end-to-end technical review of the fire safety aspects of building regulations in the autumn.”

A former firefighter has set up an online portal to help landlords stay abreast of fire safety regulations set up last year.

Here at Simple Landlords Insurance we have a guide to fire safety procedures, including regulations for rented properties and other useful resources. Check it out here.

Here at Simple Landlords Insurance we have a guide to fire safety procedures, including regulations for rented properties and other useful resources. Check it out here.

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