What do the new 2020 electrical safety regulations mean for landlords?
New electrical safety regulations for landlords are due to come into effect from July 2020 – along with powers to impose fines of up to £30,000 for those who do not comply.
The draft Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 sets out requirements for mandatory testing and inspections for all new tenancies from July 1, 2020 and for all existing tenancies from April 1, 2021.
Landlords will then need to make sure that checks on fixed electrical installations are carried out at least every five years. This includes wiring, machinery and components that are fixed in a building.
What do the new landlord laws say?
Of course, the vast majority of landlords want to provide safe accommodation and will carry out electrical safety checks as standard. It has been argued that this legislation is aimed at the rogue minority who consistently fail to protect their tenants.
Still, everybody who rents out a home needs to be aware of the upcoming changes and ensure that the necessary inspections are completed by a qualified person.
A report on the condition of the property (EICR) has to be given to tenants before they move in. Meanwhile, existing tenants must be given a copy of the report within 28 days and landlords also have to retain all relevant paperwork until the next inspection is completed.
In addition, local authorities have the power to obtain a copy of the report – with landlords given just 7 days to meet the council’s request.
Failure to comply can lead to penalties of up to £30,000 per breach.
The draft legislation also indicates that all rented properties must now meet the 18th edition of the wiring regulations. This has raised questions among those who already have an EICR, as any property that does not meet these recently imposed standards could be invalid.
What if fixed electrical installations fail to meet the required standard?
If a breach has been identified, a qualified person must complete the remedial work within 28 days (or within a shorter timeframe if recommended).
Once this has been completed, the report needs to be reissued, stating that the work has been done and the standards are now being met – or if further work is needed. Written confirmation must be given to all tenants and the local authority.
How can we help?
Redrose provides a comprehensive, fully-managed letting service for landlords in the North West of England. We keep up to date with all legislative changes so you can rest assured that your property continues to meet the latest safety standards.
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- Two months’ free property management fees if you switch letting agents to us
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