New rules for electrical safety in privately rented properties

On 1st June 2020, the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force.

These Electrical Safety Standards apply to all new tenancies (including renewals) in England from 1 July 2020. They also apply to existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. This relates to all privately rented properties, not just Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO’s).

A qualified person must inspect and test every fixed electrical installation at least every five years. This is the landlords responsibility and come with hefty fines if not adhered to.

The regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test. This should be supplied to each tenant within 28 days and a copy retained until the next inspection is due.

The regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action. Proven breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

Magna IM have been working with landlords and letting agents for many years. We can work with you to ensure all your properties are compliant and correctly certified.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this affects you then please contact us and we will be happy to help.