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‘Current’ news: Mandatory electrical safety checks are here

Under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, electrical tests could become mandatory for rental properties from April this year.

Landlords need to be aware of the impending changes in the law regarding electrical checks announced by the government last week. The legislation will affect all private rental properties in England, taking away the discretionary element for landlords to choose whether to or not carry out electrical checks on their portfolio.

With approval of the House of Commons and Lords, the proposed regulation is likely to become law from 1st April 2020.

Time frames

The legislation will initially apply to all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020. Existing tenancies (whether periodic or fixed term) will require an electrical test by 1st April 2021. Every fixed electrical installation will need to be inspected and tested every 5 years.

A report will need to be supplied to any new tenant(s) prior to moving in and to any prospective tenant(s) within 28 days of requesting the information. If requested, the report must also be given to the Local Authority within seven days. Any remedial work must be done within 28 days, or sooner if specified in the report.

Enforcement

The local authority will enforce the new regulation through remedial action, with non-compliance resulting in a fine of up to £30,000.

If the legislation is passed, 2020 will be a busy time for electricians. We advise ‘Let Only’ landlords to check their electrical reports to ensure they are in date or contact an electrician at the earliest opportunity if they do not already have a report.

If you do not have a qualified electrician contact and need assistance in obtaining a certificate, we can organise a report for you for a small fee. Please call us on 0113 284 0136 or email lettings@emsleysestateagents.co.uk to discuss.

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Helen Jolly

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Helen Jolly

Director (Lettings)

With a BSc in Estate Management, Helen has over 20 years’ experience in residential lettings and property management, from individual houses to property portfolios.

She set up Emsleys Estate Agents’ Lettings Service in 2007 and is responsible for assisting aspiring landlords or those with single or multiple properties to rent.