With a potential penalty of up to £30,000 for non-compliance with the Electrical Safety Regulations, and a tight timeframe to organise electrical inspections, it will be a busy 6 months for electricians and landlords alike.
We’ve taken some time out to ensure you know all you need to know about these new regulations.
These regulations apply to all new residential tenancies (including renewals) where tenants have the right to occupy either all or part of a premises as their only or main residence, they pay a rent, and it is not listed as an excluded tenancy, from 1 July 2020 and from 1 April 2021 for all existing tenancies
The regulations currently only apply to rental properties in England only. And the regulations replace those already in place for HMOs.
For new private tenancies entered into from 1st July 2020 and for existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.
There are essentially two key duties for private landlords, who must:
Initial inspections need to be carried out before any new tenancy is granted from 1st July 2020, and by 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.
If the report identifies a breach, further investigations must be carried out within 28 days of the inspection, or within a shorter period if specified. Landlords should obtain written confirmation of completion of the remedial works and provide this within 28 days of completion to each existing tenant, and to the local authority.
To ensure you are compliant, feel free to contact us. If necessary, we can arrange for a qualified electrician to visit your property/properties via our Building & Maintenance service to carry out an inspection.
Similar to a gas safety record, the most recent report must be given to any new tenant before that tenant occupies the premises, to existing tenants within 28 days of receiving it and it must also be given to any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request by them.
The inspection and test must be conducted by a qualified person.
It’s important to note that the proposed 5 yearly interval is a “maximum”. If the report says it only lasts for one year (which is common), it will have to be inspected and tested again within one year. It will be crucial for landlords to ask how long the report will last (subject to there being no changes of course) before they employ any electrician to conduct the inspection.
They have the power to demand sight of the report, which landlords should provide within 7 days of the request or they face a penalty.
They also have the power to serve a remedial notice on a landlord to compel them to comply with the regulations if they have reasonable grounds to believe the landlord is in breach.
Landlords have 28 days from the date the notice is received to remedy the breach, and if the work is not carried out in time then the local authority has the power to carry out the required works themselves (on providing prior written notice to the landlord) and then recover their costs from the landlord.
Landlords who fail to comply with the regulations may face a civil penalty up to a maximum of £30,000, with the potential for multiple penalties to be imposed for a continuing failure
Failure to provide tenants with an electrical safety report at the start of their tenancies does not seem to invalidate a section 21 notice to terminate the tenancy, unlike evidence of failure to provide tenants with EPCs and gas safety certificates at the start of their tenancies.
Hayley covers all of our property management needs and having her with us really gives us the infrastructure to scale the lettings business in 2020. As such, we have recently launched our Building & Maintenance Services where anyone can request maintenance or building work quotes from local, JS recommended tradespeople.
His experience stems back over 6 years having worked for corporate and independent agencies; and he has dealt with a vast array of landlord requirements in that time.
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