On 1st June 2020, The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The regulations require landlords to have the fixed electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years. The regulations apply to all tenancies created on or after 1st June 2020.
After the inspection has been completed, private landlords must ensure that they take the following steps:
- Obtain a report from the person who conducted the inspection,
- Provide a copy of such report to each existing tenant of the property within 28 days of the inspection,
- Provide a copy of the report to the local housing authority within seven days of receiving a request for the same from the authority,
- Retain a copy of the report until the next inspection, and
- Provide a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant of the property.
Extensions to the regulations
The regulations have now been extended to apply to existing tenancies, signed before 1st June 2020. Landlords must therefore ensure that all electrical installations have been inspected and tested by 1st April 2021.
The responsibility for enforcing the regulations lies with local authorities.
If a private landlord does not comply with the regulations, the local housing authority may serve a remedial notice, giving the landlord 28 days to take action. If the required action is not taken, the local authority can arrange for the remedial work to be undertaken by an authorised person and impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000.
Who do the regulations apply to?
The regulations apply to most tenancies (subject to some exclusions). The regulations apply to properties where a private tenant has the right to occupy the property as their only main residence and pays rent. This includes assured shorthold tenancies.