Safety is paramount in the rental sector, and there are many regulations landlords must comply with to ensure they provide tenants with a safe rental property. It is often difficult for landlords to remain up to date with rental regulations, but another is on the way. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 is still to be approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, but it is unlikely any issues will arise.

Therefore, landlords must be prepared for the new regulations to be in place from the 1st of July 2020. From this date, all new tenancies which begin on or after the 1st of July 2020, must have a five-year electrical certificate for the rental property. This work must be carried out by a registered electrician.

Check the renewal date for electrical safety standards

While the certificate should be renewed every five years, if the report recommends an earlier renewal date, this is the one the landlord must comply with. For the sake of the regulations, all new tenancies is set to include renewals, and tenancies which become statutory periodic renewals.

If you are a landlord with existing tenancies, you may not think the regulations apply to you. However, all existing tenancies must comply with the regulations from the 1st of April 2021. Also, landlords should be aware circumstances can change quickly. Just because the regulations don’t apply to you and your rental property now, if a tenant moves out, you may have to ensure your rental property complies with the regulations at short notice. It is best to be prepared, which is why landlords should familiarise themselves with the regulations sooner rather than later.

Tenants should receive a copy of the electrical safety certificate

Given landlords should be familiar with the Gas Safety regulations, the management of the Electrical Safety certificate should be similar. Once the landlord receives the certificate, a copy should be provided to tenants within 28 days of the renewal. When a new tenancy begins, the landlord should provide the new tenant with a copy before they move into the rental property. Prospective tenants can request a copy of the certificate when looking at the property.

Landlords should be aware local councils have the right to request a copy of the certificate. When this happens, the landlord should provide a copy within seven days.

When the certificate recommends remedial work take place, this should be undertaken within 28 days. However, if the report states the changes must be made within a shorter time-frame, it is the date which comes first which is the most relevant.

When remedial work has been carried out, the landlord should receive written confirmation of the improvements. The landlord should provide a copy of the confirmation to tenants, and again, 28 days is the expected timeline.

Landlords who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £30,000. This fine is imposed by the local council.

If you are a landlord and you want to ensure you fully comply with regulations, get in touch with Bond Oxborough Phillips and we will take great care of you.