The first and second full working weeks of January 2020 have already been super busy and we see some new legislation coming into force with an announcement from Government that is The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
What does this mean for landlords?
In short, there will no longer be this “should we, shouldn’t we test electrics” attitude. Understandably, it is difficult for anyone to understand that if legislation is not in place, why should they be forced to carry out testing. But, with the best will in the world, letting agents explain over and over, that should an accident or fire (electrics related) occur, the landlord WILL be liable. This has been the case forever.
Time Frames – Another Transitionary Period
With the approval of the Houses of Commons and Lords, landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for ALL NEW tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for EXISTING tenancies. This helps with planning and preparation for landlords, agents and of course, electrical engineers.
Every fixed electrical installation will be inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.
What about the Electrical Certificate ?
As per the regulations 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.
A copy of the most recent report must be supplied to any new tenant before they take occupation, or provided to any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant.
If requested, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days.
The Regulations will require local authorities to enforce the regulations. The local authority will have the power to arrange and impose remedial action.
Breaches, if proven, can result in a financial penalty of up to £30,000.