Catalyst responds to electrical safety consultation
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.