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End electrocutions: demand safe rented homes

One person dies in the home each week and 1,000 people are seriously injured each day as the result of faulty electrical equipment and installation in people’s homes. Private rented sector tenants are disproportionately affected yet there is no legal requirement for landlords to regularly inspect and test the electricity in the properties they rent out.

Whereas annual gas checks have to happen by law, electrical testing is recommended as best practice but only undertaken voluntarily. Currently there is confusion between tenants and landlords about who is responsible for electrical safety. This is an oversight that is leaving millions of private renters vulnerable to injury. Due to the lack of security for private tenants, those who do complain to their landlords about electrical problems run the risk of retaliatory eviction, either at the end of their contract or with two months’ notice if they have a rolling tenancy.

Update, May 2016: The government has agreed to make electrical safety checks mandatory, though they have yet to publish the regulations to put this into force. We will keep the pressure on until they do.

Sign up to support Generation Rent’s calls to make electrical inspections a legal requirement. 

We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to require the regular, compulsory inspection and testing of electrical installations and appliances in all types of private rented homes, and tenants to be provided with copies of inspection and testing reports.

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  • Elaine Hoctor
    signed 2017-10-20 14:01:07 +0100
  • Nigel Thomas
    signed 2017-02-06 17:38:55 +0000
  • David Forman
    signed 2016-11-07 15:17:27 +0000
  • Rhian Richards
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-27 13:51:54 +0100
    Landlords AREN'T required to make their properties' electrics safe. Join the campaign to change this
  • david oldfield
    signed 2016-08-09 09:47:09 +0100
  • Katie Doubleday
    signed 2016-02-16 10:00:50 +0000
  • Marta Rogala
    signed 2015-11-26 16:08:03 +0000
  • Iwona Wardach
    signed 2015-11-09 11:57:40 +0000
  • Ioannis Gelati-Meinert
    signed 2015-09-02 06:47:03 +0100
  • nicola
    signed 2015-08-10 15:20:59 +0100
  • Sam Case
    signed 2015-08-02 18:27:00 +0100
  • Sophie Bennett
    signed 2015-07-25 17:48:38 +0100
  • Caroline Sargeant
    signed 2015-07-23 20:13:16 +0100
  • Antony Pringle
    signed 2015-07-22 19:44:24 +0100
  • Caroline James
    signed 2015-07-22 18:15:12 +0100
  • James Craigie
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-06-06 09:25:52 +0100
    Sign the petition: Make Private Renting Decent: Electrical Safety Campaign
  • James Craigie
    signed 2015-06-06 09:25:31 +0100
  • Kate Lewis
    signed 2015-05-14 11:08:57 +0100
  • Ka Lam Cheung
    signed 2015-04-23 10:06:36 +0100
  • Christopher Byram
    signed 2015-04-23 10:01:35 +0100
  • Mark Blackwell
    signed 2015-04-19 10:07:36 +0100
  • Sarah Lawrence
    signed 2015-03-11 10:38:37 +0000
  • Ian Johnson
    signed 2015-02-11 23:51:54 +0000
  • Luke Hendrix
    signed 2015-02-06 23:54:19 +0000
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    signed 2015-02-06 17:42:25 +0000
  • Diego Pedraza Lahoz
    signed 2015-02-03 10:55:45 +0000
  • Cynthia Johnstone
    signed 2015-01-23 10:24:28 +0000
  • Loui Benassi
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  • Stephen Green
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