The Government has backed introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords with properties in England to ensure that electrical installations in their property are inspected every five years.
However, it has not provided a start date.
Such a proposal has been recommended by several working groups of industry bodies, the most recent at the end of last year.
Housing Secretary James Brokenshire yesterday announced plans for the mandatory checks to be introduced alongside the launch of a separate consultation on building regulations following a review by Dame Judith Hackitt in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire tragedy.
Brokenshire said: “There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes.
“That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.”
Responding to the announcement, Phil Buckle, director general of charity Electrical Safety First, said: “We are delighted the Government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks in the private rental sector which protects both tenants and landlords.
“Electrical Safety First has led the charge for this to be made a legal requirement for UK homes and successfully lobbied for these to be introduced in the PRS in Scotland – with Wales and Northern Ireland set to follow suit.
“Our campaign for the introduction of these checks has been supported by 71% of MPs, from all parties.”