Electrical safety regulations and the new rules 

In June 2020, new electrical safety regulations came into force that require landlords to inspect and test electrical installations in all properties every five years. Initially, these regulations applied to all new tenancies that came into effect from 1 July 2020, but the legislation will cover all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.

The aim of the rental sector is to offer safe and secure housing to all tenants, and the new legislation aims to level up the playing field for tenants renting in the private sector.

If you are a landlord, or are considering letting a property, what do you need to know?
As an existing landlord you are no doubt already adhering to the strict guidelines when it comes to ensuring the safety of electrical installations in your properties with new tenancies. Now you must do the same for all properties and provide a safety report for your tenants, an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) as well as the local authority if they request it.

You must now ensure that all new and existing tenancies are covered in these ways:
·      All electrical equipment (including accessories, sockets, switches, and cables) in your property is checked to ensure it functions correctly and does not present a risk of fire
·      Ensure the installation of electrical equipment in rented accommodation is inspected and tested every five years by an accredited and qualified electrician.
·      Produce – and make available to tenants or prospective tenants within 28 days – a report from the inspector detailing any test results and date of next inspection. You must also supply your local authority with a copy of these reports, as well as keeping a copy for future inspectors.
·      If remedial work is required as a result of an inspection, this work must be completed within 28 days, with written confirmation of the remedial work supplied to the tenant and your local authority.

It is important to note if landlords breach the regulations, local authorities can impose civil penalties up to a maximum of £30,000 and have the power to serve remedial notices (ordering works to be carried out).

We have been working closely with our Landlords and electrical contractors to ensure all our properties comply with the new regulations and we are able to offer clients significant expertise in this area.

You can read further information on the Government’s website.