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Private landlords call for mandatory electrical checks

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Health, Regulation

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The Residential Landlords Association is supporting calls for mandatory electrical safety checks in private rented housing.

The RLA believes that all electrical installations should contain residential current devices, which can cut the electric supply when there is a fault.

On the week that Liberal Democrat MP Mike Thornton initiated a parliamentary debate on electrical safety in private rented housing, the RLA backed calls for legislation to ensure homes are checked by a registered electrician every 10 years.

Alan Ward, RLA chairman, said: “It is illogical that gas checks are required annually but electrical safety checks are applied only to a part of the market.

“As with gas, tenants should rightly expect that when they move into a property the electrics are safe and should be able to see a dated certificate to prove this. However tenants must also not overload or abuse their own electrical equipment which is a frequent cause of fire and injury.”

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