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 new piece of legislation is now in effect as of 1 July 2020 for new tenancies and applicable for existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
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.
If you have any queries or questions regarding this piece of legislation, please do not hesitate in contacting us on +44 (0)20 3551 9900.