09th March 2020
The UK Government has proposed The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, meaning landlords or agents working on behalf of the landlord must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every 5 years by a qualified person. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.
This piece of legislation is currently subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament and once approved it will be applicable to all new tenancies in England commencing on or after 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.
If the electrical safety report identifies a fault or potential fault, which the landlord must either investigate further or repair, the landlord must ensure further investigations or repairs are completed by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection, or within the timeframe set out in the report if this is shorter.
Enforcement and Fines
The enforcement of this legislation will be conducted by local council authorities and they will be able to impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 for a breach of the regulations. Where there are multiple breaches, the local authority can impose multiple penalties.
In readiness of this piece of legislation, we are currently auditing all our properties to ensure we have an up to date electrical safety report which complies with the new regulations.
We will be keeping all clients updated as this piece of legislation progresses through the parliamentary approval channels. If you do have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate in contacting us on +44 (0)20 3551 9900.