There are new regulations for electrical safety in private rented housing. The regulations came into force on 1 June 2020, they apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. The relevant date for determining when the new requirements apply is the date on which the tenancy is granted. A new tenancy is one that was granted on or after 1 June 2020. The regulations are enforceable by the Council from 1 July 2020.
If a private tenant has a right to occupy a property as their only or main residence and pays rent, then the Regulations apply. This includes assured shorthold tenancies and licences to occupy. Exemptions can be found in the Regulations.
Landlords are required to:
- obtain an electrical test report at least every 5 years, carried out by a qualified and competent person ;
- supply a copy of the test report to an existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test being completed;
- supply a copy of the test report before a new tenant occupies the property;
- supply a copy of the test report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request;
- complete any further investigative or remedial work that is identified within 28 days (or sooner if required on the test report);
- supply written confirmation to the tenant and email a copy to email@example.com within 28 days of the completion of the investigative or remedial work.
If a landlord has had an inspection carried out before the Regulations came into force and they have complied with all relevant requirements, the next test will not be due until 5 years have passed from the date of the report, or sooner if the report specifies a shorter period.
If a landlord fails to comply with these Regulations, we may carry out the work and recover the cost from the landlord, as well as issue a civil penalty of up to £30,000 to the landlord who is in breach of their duties.
This is a summary of the regulations. A full copy of the regulations can be found at Legislation.gov.uk.
The Government has published guidance about the electrical safety standards regulations.