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Landlords Prepare For Electrical Safety Check

February 1st 2020
By: Thomas Morris
Landlords Prepare For Electrical Safety Check

It is vital landlords stay up to date with regulations, and provide tenants with a safe rental environment. There are many safety checks landlords must carry out in their rental property, and another one is coming this year. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 hasn’t yet been approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Still, it is unlikely any issues will arise.

Landlords should be ready for the new regulations coming into force on July 1 2020. All new tenancies which begin on or after July 1, 2020, will require the rental property to have a five-year electrical safety certificate in place. A registered electrician must undertake the test.

This test is vital in supplying a safe rental property to tenants

Once the certification has been completed, landlords can relax for five years. However, if the report recommends the property be tested again before five-years, landlords should comply with the date which comes first.

For existing tenancies, the critical date is April 1 2021. Some landlords may think this buys them more time, but it is best to be prepared in advance. Also, if you don’t make changes and then a tenant leaves quickly, you may need to bring your property up to regulatory standards at short notice. We know landlords have a lot to consider, but preparing for this new regulation in advance will minimise the likelihood of problems arising.

Landlords should supply tenants with a copy of the certificate

When the landlord receives the certificate, they should provide a copy to existing tenants within 28 days. New tenants should be supplied with a copy of the document before the tenancy begins. When the landlord is letting property, a prospective new tenant can request a copy of the certificate, and this should be supplied in 28 days.

Local housing authorities have the right to request a copy of the certificate. Landlords should supply this copy within seven days. As local authorities have the power to impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords whose properties don’t comply; it is best landlords work closely with their local authority.

Remedial work must be carried out quickly and correctly

If the report states remedial work must be carried out, changes should be made within 28 days. Sometimes, the report will recommend changes should be made in a shorter time-frame. If this occurs, landlords should respond to the date which comes first.

Once the repair work has been carried out, landlords will receive confirmation of the improvements. A copy of this confirmation should be provided to tenants.

If you are looking for help in managing your rental property, it is best to speak to property professionals. For a chat or discussion on your options, contact your local Thomas Morris branch, and we’ll be delighted to offer guidance. If you are looking to let your property, book a valuation at a time that is suitable to you.