Government publishes electrical safety report

Published on Wed, 8th Nov 2017 13:36

The full report can be found here; the recommendations are:-                      

  1. 5 yearly mandatory electrical installation checks should be set out in secondary legislation.

  2. Visual checks of the safety of the electrical installation by landlords at a change of tenancy should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.

  3. A report should be issued to the landlord which confirms that an EICR ( an Electrical Installation Condition Report)  has been completed along with confirmation that any remedial work necessary has been undertaken satisfactorily. A copy should be issued to the tenant at the beginning of the tenancy and should be made available to local authorities on request

  4. Landlord supplied electrical appliance testing and visual checks of electrical appliances by landlords at a change of tenancy should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.

  5. The installation of Residual Current Devices (RCDs) by landlords should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.

  6. A PRS electrical testing competent person scheme should be set up which would be separate from the existing Building Regulations competent person scheme.

  7. DCLG should commission the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) management committee to consider the most effective method of assessing ‘competent PRS testers’ to carry out electrical inspections and tests.

  8. Legislative requirements should be phased in, beginning with new tenancies, followed by all existing tenancies.