New Electrical Safety Obligations for Landlords

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

 

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force from the 1st of June 2020 and applies to all new tenancies from the 1st of July 2020 and to all existing tenancies (tenancies that have been in existence before the 1st of July 2020) from the 1st of April 2021.  As a Landlord letting out residential property you must: -

  1. Ensure that electrical installations meet the national standards for electrical safety as set out in the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671)
  2. Ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
  3. Serve a copy of the report to any existing tenant within 28 days of the test.
  4. Serve a copy of the report to a new tenant before they occupy the property.
  5. Supply a copy of the report to the local authority within 7 days.
  6. If the report reveals any remedial or further investigative work is necessary, to complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period specified in the report.
  7. Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the work.

A failure to comply may result in your not being able to serve a section 21 Notice requiring possession of the property.

Failure to carry out remedial or further investigative work can result in the local authority serving a remedial notice and carrying out the works at your cost if you fail to comply with the remedial notice.

 

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