Campaign for Electrical Safety in the
Private Rented Sector
The current legal position
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The campaign is being organised by the National Private Tenants Organisation
and is calling for:
1) Legislation to make periodic inspection and testing of
compulsory in all types of private rented homes in accordance with the IEE Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing: BS7671 2008 (6th Edition) and the IEE Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition Nov. 2012), paid for by landlords. Annual testing of gas installations and appliances is mandatory. Energy Peformence Certificates are also a legal requirement (where applicable), why not periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations and appliances.
2) A competent persons scheme for electricians carrying out inspection and testing of electrical installations, similar the Building Regulations 'Part P' scheme.
3) Legal requirment to provide tenants with copies of inspection and testing reports free of charge.
4) Encourage landlords to upgrade to modern consumer units with
RCD (costing less than £100 plus installation)protection
and to provide plug-in RCDs (around £10 each) for appliances especially any likely to be used outside. Encourage landlords to have annual routine check reports (and on a change of tenant) conducted in accordance with IEE BS7671 Guidance Note 3.
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