The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 applies to new specified tenancies in the private rented sector from the 1 July 2020 and all existing from 1 April 2021.
What is required?
The Regulations require landlords to ensure that every electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested at regular intervals of no more than five years by a qualified and competent person to ensure it meets electrical safety standards. The electrical installation includes fixed electrical cables or fixed electrical equipment (for example oven, shower and mechanical extract ventilation) located on the consumer’s side of the electricity supply meter.
The landlord is required to supply a copy of the inspection and test report to the tenant before they occupy or within 28 days for an existing tenant. Also the landlord must provide a copy of the report within 7 days of receiving a written request from the Council. If the report identifies further investigative or remedial work is required the landlord must ensure this is carried out by a qualified and competent person within 28 days or the lesser period as specified in the report.
Who enforces the Regulations
The Private Sector Housing team at the Council will be responsible for enforcing the new Regulations and can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 if they find a landlord is in breach of their duty.
Also if the landlord is in breach of these regulations and the recent report indicates remedial or further investigative work is required the Council must serve a remedial notice on the landlord. Non-compliance with this notice may result in the Council arranging the remedial work, with consent from the tenant, and recovering their costs from the landlord.