YOUR GUIDE TO THE NEW REGULATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS
Have you heard about the proposed Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020? If you haven’t, this article will talk you through and explain all the important information you need to know about the upcoming changes in 2020 and 2021
Compliance – Why is it important?
While the demands and expectations of the modern tenant, landlord and agent grow, having to comply with more rules than ever before means compliance has become one of the biggest considerations for most of us operating in the industry.
It’s been clear for a while that the additional regulations that landlords and agents are facing has helped professionalise the private rental sector. However, increased legal obligations pose compliance requirements for many of us. Keeping up with legislation and changes in the law can be a full time job for many landlords!
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 – The fundamentals…
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will apply to all new tenancies from 01st July 2020 and to existing tenancies from 01st April 2021.
The new regulations will require landlords to ensure that all electrical installations in their rental properties are inspected and tested (also known as a DEICR – Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report) by a qualified tradesman every five years unless the certificate states otherwise.
In completing these electrical tests, there will be a standard that needs to be met in order for properties to comply with the changes in regulations.
If remedial works are identified on the report, landlords will be required to implement and instruct these to ensure the installation is safe and to avoid any possible penalties being imposed. Failure to comply and breaches of regulations can result in financial penalties of up to £30,000, so the more we know, the better prepared we are moving forward.
…The finer details…
Knowing exactly what will be required of landlords is key to understanding these changes.
Under the new regulations, landlords will need to ensure that:
• During the entire term of any specified tenancy, all electrical safety standards are met and maintained
• Every electrical installation in the property is inspected and tested by a qualified tradesperson at least every five years
• The first DEICR test is completed before any new tenancy starts, or by 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies
Once the tests are completed, landlord will be required to:
• Obtain a completed DEICR report. This will include the date for the next inspection and test
• Supply a copy of this report to their existing tenants no later than 28 days after receiving a written request for it
• Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenants where applicable, before the commencement of their tenancy
• Supply a copy of this report to the local housing authority no later than 7 days after receiving a written request for it
• Provide a copy of the latest report to the tradesman who is renewing the DEICR
If remedial works are identified on the report, the landlord must:
• Make sure all remedial works identified in the report are carried out no later than 28 days after the report has been received
• Ensure they obtain written confirmation from a qualified tradesman that the remedial works have been completed and now meet the electrical safety standards. If further works are still required, these must be identified also
• Supply the written confirmation, along with the DEICR report, to the local housing authority no later than 28 days following completion of the remedial works.