Updated Electrical Safety Standards for Landlords
As of the June 2020 the government have released information on their new electrical safety standards for privately rented properties. Landlords need to comply with these rules, which include new inspection and testing requirements. Not meeting these means your landlord clients could face a fine.
The new regulations apply to new tenancies from 1st July 2020, and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021 and include HMO properties. The changes mean that landlords must:
- Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.
- Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
- Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
- Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test, this will need to be completed by 1st April 2021.
- Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
- Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
- Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
- Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
- Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
- Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works
You can read the full regulations on the government’s publications hub.
Following this update, we will require the up to date electrical and gas certification, confirmation that the property meets all fire safety standards and an independent fire risk assessment. If this applies to your client’s case, then there will be a condition added to the case which will need to be completed via the MyKeystone portal.