Are you ready for Electrical Safety Inspections (installations and appliances)
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020 and apply to all tenancies created on or after that date in England from 1 July 2020.
These new regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected at least every 5 years and tested by a person who is qualified and competent. Landlords will also have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants as well as to the local authority if requested.
For most landlords in the private rented sector this will not require a change in behaviour. The majority of landlords already check their installations regularly so they can provide the safest homes possible. However to ensure every landlord can comply with these regulations, NAPIT have produced the following guidance on the requirements.
What the regulations say:
The regulations apply in England to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing specified tenancies from 1 April 2021. If you have had a tenancy start since the 1st July 2020 then hopefully your agent (or you) have already got a certificate that is within 5 years.
Landlords must ensure every electrical installation in their residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of no more than 5 years by a qualified and competent person.
The requirement by the landlord is to ensure that they:
- Have a report of the inspection and that it has been carried out by a qualified person and the next inspection date is shown on the certificate
- give a copy of the report to each existing tenant of the residential premises within 28 days of the inspection and test
- give a copy of that report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority
- retain a copy of that report until the next inspection and test is due and supply a copy to the person carrying out the next inspection and test
- supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant of the tenancy to which the report relates to before that tenant occupies those premises; and any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that prospective tenant
Hopefully your agent will ensure that you are on top of all of this but it is always good to be aware as you, the landlord, have the legal responsibility to ensure that you have this documentation. This legislation shouldn't be a pain and is welcomed to ensure that that the tenants are living in good quality, safe houses, which as a landlord you would want.
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The NRLA give a really comprehensive overview here