The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were laid in Parliament over the last week. They Currently require approval from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they come into force but it is looking imminent.
The draft regulations propose that, from 1 July 2020, all new tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins.
The key points, are as listed: –
- All new tenancies starting on or after the 1st July 2020, will require a five-year electrical certificate from a registered electrician
- All new tenancies, will include renewals and tenancies that become statutory periodic
- All existing tenancies from the 1st April 2021
- It looks like it will also include non- Housing Act tenancies, such as a company let, where the rent is over £100k or it’s not the persons main residence
- A copy must be given before the tenants occupy and within 28 days of any renewal of the certificate. There is financial penalty of up to £30, 000 for not doing this.
- Any remedial works stated by the electrical certificate must be done within 28 days or sooner, and you must get written confirmation that it has been done
It comes as another financial hit to the landlords pocket following the new of the EPC regulations due to come into force on 1st April 2020.
We do recommend having the certificates completed sooner rather than later, to preempt remedial works due to properties not having upgrade works, previous tests, new regulations and of course the good old age and wear and tear of systems in place!