At the moment, there is no legal requirement for landlords to ensure that electrics are safe before renting out a property or to check the wiring and any electrical appliances they have provided on a regular basis.
The report calls for:
- Mandatory five yearly checks of electrical installations and electrical appliances supplied with private rented sector properties by a competent person
- All properties that are rented privately to have Residual Current Device (RCD) protection
- An end to the practice of retaliatory eviction by landlords, giving renters the confidence to report poor electrical safety
- More freedom and support for local authorities to take tough enforcement action against landlords that wilfully flout their responsibilities