Electrical Safety Changes

Date Published 09 March 2020

Electrical Safety Regulations to come into force

Landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.
The Government has laid The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 meaning landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.

For any landlord looking to let a property between now and July 1st we strongly recommend that you get ahead of the game and get an Electrical Inspection and condition report done now. In April next year all tenancies that don't already have a report will need one done to remain compliant, Good news if you are an electrician as they are likely to be in Short supply! Don't get caught out by leaving it to the last minute.

Other details
Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days.
The private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant.
The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action.
Proven breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.