Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector England 2020 3 Jun 2020
What you need to know
After many years of debate it is finally here, new legislation was passed on 1st June 2020 enforcing landlords to ensure they test and make sure the electrics in their properties are safe for their tenants.
The Electrical Safety Standard Regulations require landlords in the private rented sector to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.
From 1 July 2020 all new tenancies must comply with the new Regulations and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. If a private tenant has a right to occupy a property as their only or main residence and pays rent, then the Regulations apply.
Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:
- Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.
- Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties 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 remedial 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 of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.
For further details regarding the new legislation and what is required you can follow the Guide For Landlords link.