Electrical Safety Regulations

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

The regulations place a responsibility on landlords to ensure that Electrical Safety Standards within rented properties are met during any period that the property is occupied.  This includes a requirement that the installation is inspected/tested by a suitably qualified person at intervals of no more than 5 years (or less if specified within the previous report), and to undertake such further investigative or remedial work as may be identified within that report.

These regulations apply to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020, and to existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

Copies of the report must also be provided to new occupants before that tenant occupies the property, to existing tenants within 28 days of the inspection and test, and to the Council within a period of 7 days of receiving a request to do so.

Where the Council has reasonable grounds to believe that a landlord has failed to fulfil their duties under these regulations, the Council must serve on that landlord a Remedial Notice.

Should a landlord fail to comply with this notice, the Council may require the landlord to pay a financial penalty of such amount as the authority deems appropriate, and may arrange for a suitable contractor to carry out the work .

The amount of the penalty charge must not exceed £30,000.