The RLA has welcomed a new electrical safety report which includes recommendations put forward by the association.
The report, which was produced by a DCLG working group which included RLA Vice Chairman Chris Town, recommends that landlords should be encouraged to install Residual Current Devices (RCDs) as good practice, with the recommendation set out in official guidance.
This was a key suggestion that the RLA put forward in a submission to the DCLG.
RCDs are safety devices designed to prevent people from getting a fatal electric shock form faulty appliances and wiring, if they touch something live such as a bare wire.
The working group also agreed with the RLA suggestion that specific private rented sector electricians should be trained, in recognition of the unique electrical challenges in many rental properties – especially homes which can often have multiple people in them using a large number of devices at the same time.
There is currently no requirement to bring in regulation for electrical testing under the Housing and Planning Bill, so earlier this year a working group was set up by DCLG, to discuss the pros and cons of compulsory checks of PRS homes.
RLA Vice Chairman, Chris Town, who sat on the working group, said: “We welcome the publication of the working group’s report and the focus it has rightly given on the importance of electrical safety.
“It is pleasing that the final report contains a number of recommendations put forward by the RLA, and we look forward to working with Ministers to ensure adoption of sensible and pragmatic changes that will improve safety in rental housing.”
The full report is available to read on the government website.