The new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) came into force today giving landlords until July 1st to comply for new tenancies and by 1st April next year for existing tenancies.

Landlords have one month left to prepare for new electrical safety rules which came into force today.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 apply to new tenancies from 1st July and then to existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

The timeline is in contrast to Scotland where the introduction of new Energy Performance Certificate rules has been suspended indefinitely to keep landlords safe and free up local councils to deal with the coronavirus crisis. A call for England to follow suit was rejected by the government.

The new regulations in England require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a qualified person at least every five years.

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They’ll have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants within 28 days of the inspection, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.  

Luke Spanton, head of private rented sector standards at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says: “The majority of landlords are already proactive in ensuring the safety of their tenants and regularly inspect the electrical installations in their properties. These regulations simply require all landlords to do by law, what the majority of good landlords are already doing.”

Local housing authorities must now serve a remedial notice if a landlord hasn’t complied with one or more of their duties under the regulations. They can step in and arrange for repairs, then recover the cost from the landlord or fine them up to £30,000 for non-compliance.

The electrical safety rules come only a few week after the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for rented properties was introduced in England on 1st April – requiring that all private rented properties must achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate grade of E, or higher.

Read the official guide.


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