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Electrical Safety First calls for regular safety checks

Following the government’s response to the review of conditions in the private rented sector, Electrical Safety First said it was disappointed its call for regular electrical checks had failed.

Director general Phil Buckle said the outcome was particularly disappointing since almost 80% of respondents to its review of the sector supported it.

However, he added the company understoond that the government would keep the situation under review.

“Registered houses in multiple occupation are already required to have a five-year review of the electrical installation. But a blanket requirement for such testing in all privately rented homes would reduce confusion around best practice and provide a degree of parity with gas safety, which landlords must have checked every year,” Mr Buckle said.

“The cost for this essential precaution would be a small price to pay for the protection of people and property - particularly since fires from an electrical cause were estimated to cause £1bn worth of damage to homes over the last year.”

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