The ESC welcomes the report from the London Assembly’s Housing and Regeneration Committee, ‘Making London’s private rented sector fit for purpose’
Phil Buckle, Director General of the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), said:
“Research from the Electrical Safety Council has found that a quarter of private renters in London have reported electrical concerns to their landlord that were either ignored or acted on too slowly. This is worrying as private renters are more likely than others to be injured in an electrical accident or experience a house fire caused by electricity. With the rapid growth of the Private Rented Sector in London, it has never been more urgent to ensure standards are improved.
“The Committee’s recommendation that all landlords in London register to operate is a positive step forward and we would like to see the maintenance of basic electrical safety standards as a condition of any registration. We also welcome the proposal for a new ‘Decent Homes Fund’, along with tax incentives, which would provide landlords with the capital and catalyst to make any needed improvements to the standard of the property, to ensure successful registration.”
The ESC provides free impartial advice to landlords and tenants on their responsibilities and rights, along with simple tips for ensuring electrical safety. Visit www.esc.org.uk/landlords
The ESC is a UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and accidents caused by electricity. Electrical accidents cause 350,000 serious injuries each year in the UK and are responsible for half of all accidental house fires.