THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2020 COME INTO FORCE ON 1ST JULY 2020 FOR LANDLORDS OFFERING NEW RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES FROM 1ST JULY ONWARDS.

WHAT TYPE OF TENANCIES DO THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATIONS APPLY TO?

  • Residential tenancies 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 (detailed below)
  • Note: The regulations currently only apply to rental properties in England only. And the regulations replace those already in place for HMOs.

WHEN ARE THE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FROM?

  • For new private tenancies entered into from 1st July 2020
  • For existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

WHICH TENANCIES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATIONS?

  • Private registered providers of social housing; lodger arrangements; long leases or tenancies which grant a right of occupation for a term of 7 years or more; student lettings in halls of residence; and tenancies granted to occupiers of hostels, refuges, care homes, hospitals, hospices and other accommodation provided as a result of a duty imposed on an NHS body.

WHAT DO LANDLORDS NEED TO DO?

  • Hire a qualified person to carry out an inspection to check that the electrical installations in their rental properties comply with the 2018 edition of the Institute of Engineering and Technology wiring regulations.
  • Ensure the electrician prepares a report detailing: (i) results of the inspection and (ii) date of the next inspection (which will need to be at least every 5 years)
  • Initial inspections need to be carried out before any new tenancy is granted from 1stJuly 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.

REPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • The report will need to be supplied to new tenants before they move in, to existing tenants within 28 days of receiving it, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of their request to view the report.

LOCAL AUTHORITY’S POWERS TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE

  • 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

For further information please contact the property management team at H&S on 01702 394959