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Consultation and call for evidence on electrical safety in the social rented sector

Objective of the Consultation

Through the Levelling Up White Paper and the Social Housing White Paper, the government has committed to radically improve housing quality and set ambitions to ensure that housing is safe and decent.

This consultation paper follows the commitment in the Social Housing White Paper to consult on electrical safety standards in the social rented sector. It aims to improve safety for residents in social rented homes and bring greater parity between the rented sectors. Specifically, this consultation seeks comments on the following proposals:

Proposal A: Mandatory checks on electrical installations for social housing at least every 5 years.

Proposal B: Mandatory Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) on all electrical appliances that are provided by social landlords as part of a tenancy.

Call for Evidence: Mandatory checks on electrical installations for owner-occupier leasehold properties within social housing blocks at least every five years.

Supporting Papers 

CIBSE Response 

Submission from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) 

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