Industry report calls for better safety in private rented homes

NAPIT have pledged their support to a new report into tackling electrical safety in privately rented properties from Electrical Safety First, Shelter and British Gas.

"Home Improvement: Tackling Poor Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector" is calling for the Government to introduce five-yearly inspections of electrical installations and appliances supplied with private rented properties. Currently, a third of these homes are failing to meet the government's Decent Homes Standard - according to the latest English Housing Survey figures.


The report was released two days ago (24th June) and sets out what can be done to prevent electrical hazards and ensure tenants' homes are safe. Also included is guidance on what to do if your house isn't hazard-free.


NAPIT themselves are pushing for electrical safety to be given proper attention by the government, with 66% of its members agreeing that these inspections are one of the most important issues the industry faces.


Frank Bertie, chairman of NAPIT Trade Association, said: "We hope this report will provide a catalyst for significant change in current policy and will result in ensuring the safety of homes in the private rented sector by guaranteeing that electrical safety checks become mandatory.


"We propose the checks are carried out in the form of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out every five years by a competent electrician experienced in carrying out EICR’s, and will be supported by an annual visual inspection, using an industry designed and agreed checklist."


Electricians are only able to perform EICRs after achieving a City & Guilds 2395 Inspection & Testing qualification, one of the many courses we offer here at the Electrician Academy. Despite its difficultly, we maintain an exceptionally high pass rate with many of our trainees going on to have prosperous careers in electrical testing.


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