Landlords; are you prepared for the Electrical Safety Regulations?
If the regulations are passed, private Landlords will be required to ensure electrical safety standards are met, which means complying with the electrical safety standards in the 2018 edition of the IET wiring regulations (BS7671:2018). In addition, Landlords must ensure that a qualified person inspects every fixed electrical installation at least every 5 years and issues a report. A copy of the report must then be supplied to each tenant, within 28 days of the inspection. Any remedial work required, must be carried out by the Landlord within 28 days (this could be earlier, depending on the report).
The Regulations will apply to:
· England only;
· all new tenancies with effect from 1 July 2020
· existing tenancies with effect from 1 April 2021
· any tenancy of residential premises that grants one or more persons the right to occupy all or part of the premises as their only or main residence, for the payment of rent.
The Regulations will not apply to:
· tenancies granted by social or resident landlords
· long leases or tenancies granting a right of occupation for a term of seven years or more
· student lettings in halls of residence
· tenancies granted to occupiers of hostels, refuges, care homes, hospitals or hospices.
Local authorities will be given powers to enforce The Regulations, with different regimes applying to urgent and non-urgent remedial work. Further, local authorities will also have the power to impose civil penalties on private landlords for breaching their obligations, which could result in a fine up to a maximum of £30,000.
Although The Regulations are yet to be passed, it is likely that they soon will be. Private landlords need to be ready to meet the electrical safety standards to avoid the possibility of a fine, or in some circumstances, delays in obtaining possession of their property.