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ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATIONS TO COME INTO FORCE

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The Government has laid The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

What does this mean?

Subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament, landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.

Further details

The Regulations require landlords to ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.

 The landlord is required to obtain a report which gives the results of the inspection and test, supply that report to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.

  • Upon request the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days.
  • The private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant.
  • The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and have the power to arrange remedial action.
  • Proven breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

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Roundtable

ARLA Propertymark represented members on the Government’s Electrical Safety Working Group in order to shape the new rules. We have since worked with industry representatives as part of the Electrical Safety Roundtable. We have been informed by MHCLG that the group will be meeting again very soon to finalise guidance for landlords and letting agents.  

Propertymark’s position

ARLA are supportive of this concept and believe it will create a level playing field for all agents and landlords as well as ensuring improved safety standards for tenants. Mandating inspecting and testing of every fixed electrical installation should have a limited impact on good professional landlords and agents in the market, many of whom already voluntarily undertake these inspections.

ARLA did raise concerns about the number of engineers available to undertake these reports by the April 2021 deadline but have received assurances from MHCLG about capacity in the supply chain.

The above text has been taken from a recent Propertymark announcement