The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were passed by Parliament earlier in the year and are due to come into force on 1st June. You can read the full document here.
Private landlords must ensure:
Following the inspection and testing a landlord must:
If further work is required, the landlord must ensure that the work is carried out by a qualified person within 28 calendar days or within the period specified in the report if this is less than 28 days, starting with the date of the inspection and testing.
Landlords must obtain written confirmation from a qualified person that further work has been carried out and that the electrical safety standards have been met.
The written confirmation, together with a copy of the report which required the further investigative or remedial work must then be provided to each existing tenant and the local housing authority within 28 days of completion of the work
⚡ Electrical Safety Regulations to come into force ⚡
Subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament, landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried.https://t.co/0UDQ84I40H pic.twitter.com/PMoaxolwpW
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Where a local housing authority is satisfied, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a landlord has breached the rules, the local authority may impose financial penalties not exceeding £30,000.
From 1st July 2020, the electrical report becomes a mandatory document to provide to tenants starting new tenancies. Therefore we will only move tenants in if we have the document to be passed onto them.
We will be getting in touch with all our managed landlords to arrange the required report to be carried out. This will be done by one of our approved contractors in preparation for the regulations applying to existing tenancies from April 2021.
We anticipate carrying out the reports will be more challenging due to the COVID -19 crisis, but we will continue to follow guidelines and government advice, whilst acting on the requirements outlined by legislation.
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