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An enabling power was included in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, allowing requirements for electrical safety standards in the private rented sector, and their enforcement, to be set through secondary legislation at a later date, if needed.
Following Royal Assent of the Act, a working group of relevant experts was established to provide recommendations on what, if any, legislative requirements for electrical safety in the private rented sector should be introduced.
The group was chaired by officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government and included members drawn from different interests including landlord, letting agent and tenant representatives.