The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 01st June 2020. All Electrical installations will now require five-yearly inspections, with installation reports being supplied to tenants upon completion.
Private landlords must now ensure…
· Safety standards for all electrical installations are met when a property is occupied during a tenancy.
· Every fixed electrical installation at the property is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.
· For all new tenancies (including renewals) commencing on or after 01st July 2020, a full electrical inspection and test must be carried out prior to occupation.
· For all existing tenancies, a full electrical inspection and test must be carried out before 01st April 2021.
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 – The key questions answered…
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.
What happens if I have an existing report?
If there is already a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report in place that is less than 5 years old, nothing needs to happen at this stage. If large scale changes to the condition of a property have taken place since the report was compiled, it may be wise to get another check done. If no changes have been made, the report will remain valid until the date of the next inspection and no action will be needed until that time.
What types of tenancy are covered?
The new regulations will apply to ALL tenancies other than those categorised as excluded tenancies.
These will include:
· Social Housing
· Shared Accommodation
· Student Halls
· Care Homes
…What about Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO)?
The answer is YES.
If an HMO is a tenant’s only or primary residence, and they pay rent, then the new regulations apply in full. The new regulations also repeal the previous legislation in place, which set out requirements on HMO landlords.
…And what about new build properties?
The regulations apply to all rented properties, including properties that have recently been built. Most reputable developers will carry out these checks as standard for any new build site irrespective of the regulations in place, however, if you intend to purchase a new build property as a Buy-To-Let landlord, I would suggest checking that there is a relevant certificate in place to be sure.
Who is qualified to carry out these tests?
· Any qualified electrical inspector instructed to carry out these tests must have the following:
· At least £2 million Public Liability Insurance
· At least £250,000 Professional Indemnity Insurance
· Qualifications covering the current version of the wiring regulations (BS 7671)
· Qualifications covering the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations
· At least 2 years’ experience in performing these electrical tests
For a full breakdown of the Draft Legislation, please visit the Government Website link: