Landlords are responsible for electrical safety in their rented properties.
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 email@example.com within 28 days of the completion of the investigative or remedial work.
If you have had an inspection carried out before the Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector Regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 and you have complied with all the 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: 22 August 2022
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