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Mandatory electrical safety checks

20th July 2018

The Government has clarified building regulations fire safety guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt. The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has also said he will go further by conducting a full-scale review of the guidelines, commencing in the autumn.

Alongside this, Government has today announced additional measures to strengthen safety. This includes introducing a mandatory requirement for landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) to inspect electrical installations every five years. This is part of plans to drive up standards across the PRS and reduce deaths, injuries and fires caused by electrical faults.

Commenting, Isobel Thomson, CEO NALS, said:

“Making it mandatory for landlords to carry out electrical inspections every five years is an important safety measure for the PRS. NALS fully supports the introduction of these checks to keep tenants safe. We look forward to seeing further detail on the plans.”

You can read the full announcement from Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP here

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