The Electrical Safety Regulations July 1st 2020

Posted on January 22nd, 2020.

Safety and compliance in the private rented sector have been overhauled in recent times, here is our guide on the upcoming changes for Electrical Installations in the Private Rented Sector.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will apply to new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and to existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. The new regulations require landlords to ensure the electrical installation in their properties are inspected and tested by a qualified electrician every five years.  The report must be given to the tenant within 28 days of the test being carried out and the landlord is to retain a copy that will be valid for 5 years. Mandatory testing will be every 5 years with any remedial works/advisories to be done prior to a new certificate being issued. Penalties for breach of the regulations can be as high as £30,000.

Inspections and tests

Under the regulations, landlords need to ensure that:

1.Electrical safety standards are met during any period when the property is in occupation.

2.The complete installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested by a qualified person once every five years, or more often if advised in the report.

3.The first inspection and testing are carried out either before a tenancy starts for new tenancies or by 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.

Distribution and retention of reports

Following inspection and testing, landlords will be required to:

1.Obtain a report from the person who conducted the inspection that gives the results of the test and the next due date.

2.Supply a copy of the report to each occupant within 28 days of the date the test was carried out.

3.Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new occupant before the start date of a new tenancy and any prospective tenant that requests it within 28 days of it being requested.

4.Supply a copy of the report to the local housing authority (if applicable) within 7 days of receiving a written request for it.

5.Retain a copy of the report until the next test is due and give a copy of it to the person who is carrying out the next inspection and test.

Investigative or remedial work

If, after an inspection and test, the report requires remedial work to be carried out, the landlord must:

1.Ensure that further investigative or remedial work is carried out by a qualified person within 28 days, or the period specified in the report if it’s less than 28 days.

2.Obtain written confirmation from a qualified person that remedial work has been carried out satisfying the standards required or if any further work is required.

3.Supply that written confirmation, together with a copy of the original report which required the further remedial work, to each current occupant of the property within 28 days of the further investigative or remedial work being completed.

4.Supply that written confirmation, of the above (point 3)  to any local authority or housing association if applicable.

The above is a guide and not an exhaustive list or legal advice. For full details on the regulations please refer to the draft legislation by clicking on the link below.