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.
As a landlord you 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 to a new tenant before they occupy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org within 28 days of the completion of the investigative or remedial work.
If you have had an inspection carried out before the Regulations came into force and you 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.
We can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 if you are in breach of your duties (eg not providing a copy of the report or carrying out required works) and multiple penalties can be given. We may also carry out the work and recover the cost from you.
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.
If you are tenant concerned about the electrical safety in your private rented home, or a landlord who needs advice about your responsibilities, please contact us.
Page last reviewed: 21 October 2020
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