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Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
The new regulations came into force on 1 June 2020.
The regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants and to their local authority if requested.
This means that all landlords now have to do what good landlords already do: make sure the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe.
Electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy from 1 July 2020. Checks must also be carried out on any existing tenancies by 1 April 2021.
You can find full details in gov.uk's guide for landlords: electrical safety standards in the private rented sector and guide for tenants: electrical safety standards in the private rented sector.
Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:
- ensure national standards for electrical safety are met (set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671)
- are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years
- obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test
- supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test
- supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises
- supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report
- supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy
- retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test
- where the report shows that corrective or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
- supply written confirmation that the work has been completed from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion.
Local authorities may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords who are in breach of their duties.
Download a copy of our current financial penalties policy including our fees schedule (pdf).
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