Report: Home Improvement
By: Martha Mackenzie Published: June 2014
This report has been produced in partnership with Electrical Safety First, with the support of British Gas. Both Shelter and Electrical Safety First see an increasing urgency to tackle the issue of poor electrical safety in private rented homes. Our combined frontline experience has shown that this problem is getting worse. Private rented housing makes up a disproportionate share of the problems Shelter’s advisers deal with every day.Too often, renters struggle with unsafe, unstable homes. Electrical Safety First, have seen in particular an unacceptable increase in the number of complaints relating to poor electrical safety in rented homes. This is especially concerning given the dangerous nature of electrical hazards. They can lead to serious injury and death.
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- Mandatory five-yearly safety checks, by a competent person, of the electrical installation and any electrical appliances supplied with private rented sector properties. This should be verified by the provision of relevant safety certificates to tenants.
- Residual Current Device (RCD) protection should be required within all properties that are rented privately. RCDs are designed to constantly monitor the electric current flowing along a circuit and almost instantaneously switch off the circuit if they detect electrical faults, such as somebody touching a live part or wire.