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Electrical Safety Standards Regulations 2020

Thu 23 January 2020

Electrical Safety Standards Regulations 2020

Proposed regulations for the introduction of mandatory electrical installation inspections and testing in rented properties have been laid before the Houses Of Parliament.

Subject to approval, The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will require landlords and their managing agents to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out on their rental properties.

A summary of the Regulations :

  • Five-yearly inspection and testing of fixed electrical installations by a qualified electrician.
  • Landlords should obtain a copy of the report from the qualified electrician which outlines the results of the inspection and the renewal date of the inspection and test.
  • A copy of the report must be provided
  • to an existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and testing;
  • to a new tenant before occupying the premises to which the report relates;
  • within 28 days of a prospective tenant requesting a copy of the report;
  • to the Local Authority within 7 days of receiving a written request

It is expected that the Regulations will come into force on 1st July 2020 for all new and renewed tenancies, and for all existing tenancies 10 months later; 1st April 2021.

The Regulations are to be enforced by the Local Authority who will have the ability to serve a remedial notice should a landlord breach one or more of their duties. Proven breaches of the regulations could result in a penalty of up to £30,000.

Contact our letting agents in East Grinstead or Petworth for more information.

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