Private Rental Sector Update
Posted on 1st July 2020
This is a shout out to all of MG Legal’s Buy to Let Tenants, both past and present. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on the 1st June 2020.
What are the Electrical Safety Standards?
The safety standards are new regulations that apply to private landlords in England. The regulations state that Landlords must undertake regular safety checks of electrical installations in any of the rental properties.
When do the Electrical Safety Standards for Landlords come into force?
There are few limited exclusions but in the majority of cases the regulations will apply to:
- New residential tenancies from the 1st July 2020
- Existing residential tenancies from the 1st April 2021
What are the excluded categories for Electrical Safety Standards?
- Private Registered Providers of social housing
- Tenants sharing accommodation with Landlords or Landlord’s family
- Long Leases for more than 7 years
- Halls of residence
- Hostels and refuges
- Care homes, hospitals, hospices and other NHS provided accommodation
What do I have to do to comply with the new Electrical Safety Standards?
The regulations request that all private landlords ensure that every fixed electrical installation in the rented property is inspected by a qualified person at least every five years. Copies of the inspection report should be supplied to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and to the Local Authority on request.
The inspection report has to be retained and provided to the qualified person who carries out the next inspection.
Any faults must be investigated and repaired within 28 days or sooner if stipulated within the report, you must then write to the tenant to confirm that the necessary works have been completed.
What happens if I do not comply with the Electrical Safety Standards?
If you do not comply the Local Housing Authority may fine you up to £30,000.00. The Local Authority may also arrange for the works to be carried out and then recover the costs from you.
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