Catalyst welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Electrical Safety First consultation on electrical safety arrangements in the social rented sector.
Our response and position is summarised here:
- We support introducing guidance that fixed wire electrical installation testing should be undertaken in all rented properties every five years and before tenants move in
- We feel that the social rented sector has a duty to provide well maintained, safe homes and that we should follow the same standards as apply to privately rented homes
- We wouldn’t support making testing mandatory in our general needs homes. We consider that the social rented sector has a mature understanding of its duties to its tenants and doesn’t need further regulation to provide safe, secure housing for them.