Electrical safety has been a hot topic for a while now, specifically since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.
As expected, the Government is planning to introduce mandatory electrical checks in rental properties, akin to the mandatory landlord gas safety checks. Ultimately, this is a positive move as it will not only ensure the safety and comfort of your tenants, but also protect your investment.
Subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament, under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from July 1, 2020 or from April 1, 2021 for existing tenancies.
- The Regulations require landlords to ensure that 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 seven 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.
Our policy here at Fothergill Wyatt has been to request for these checks to be carried out as standard on all the properties we rent out, however on occasion we do accept a signed Electrical Indemnity from our landlords, but this will no longer suffice.
If you are currently managing your own properties and are not confident that you fully understand and have implemented the necessary changes to ensure compliance, why not speak to us about upgrading to our Fully Managed Service, where we will then monitor and implement these changes for you.
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