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1 May 2020, in News, by Lewis Delicata

Electrical Safety coming into Force 1st July 2020

Electrical Safety - coming into Force 1st July 2020

The Government has this recently published The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 which has finally outlined their intentions to formalise mandatory electrical installation inspection and testing in the Private Rented Sector.

The legislation has been in consultation for a number of years but has received cross party support and it is anticipated that there will be no issues with the draft statutory instrument progressing through both Houses of Parliament on its passage to becoming law.

Key points that landlords need to note are:

  • Requirement to carry out electrical installation inspection and testing report on all new tenancies from 1st July 2020, and on existing tenancies from 1st April 2021
  • Any renewal of a tenancy after 1st July 2020 will fall under the new regulations and require the EICR report
  • Any tenancy reaching the end of the fixed term and running periodic falls under the definition of a renewal and therefore as the fixed term end after 1st July 2020, all properties will be required to conform.
  • Undertaking of any necessary remedial works within 28 days of notification, or sooner if specified
  • Requirement to produce and serve the report upon a tenant within 28 days of completion
  • A regime of continued testing at 5 year intervals (or more frequently if deemed on the report)
  • Enforcement by Local Housing Authorities, with financial penalties up to £30,000