Mike Thornton MP (Lib Dem, Eastleigh) led a Westminster Hall debate on electrical safety in the private rented sector yesterday.
The focus of Mr Thornton’s debate was a constituent that had encountered major difficulties with electrical safety in his rented home. Mr Thornton expressed his support for the CLG Committee’s recommendation that the Government develop an electrical safety certificate that all landlords must hold, as well as ensuring that landlords carry out full wiring checks every five years. He stated that these proposals are backed by a wide range of industry bodies including the Electrical Safety Council, the National Private Tenants Organisation and the RLA.
In his response, DCLG Minister Stephen Williams outlined that the Government are currently reviewing measures to ensure that tenants receive the best service from landlords. The first stage of this process will be a discussion document to be published at the end of January 2014. Mr Williams said that the review will include considering whether any changes should be made to existing health and safety rating systems that landlords must adhere to.