We know landlords want information about changes which affect their business, which is why you need to know about The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
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 this isn’t expected to be an issue. Therefore, landlords must ensure all new tenancies which start on or after the 1st of July 2020 do so in a rental property which has a five-year electrical certificate.
Tests must be carried out by a registered electrician
This work must be carried out by a registered electrician. While five years is the expected length of time for each renewal, there will be times when the report issued after the test recommends a shorter time-period. Landlords should adhere to the deadline which comes first.
For existing tenancies, the regulation comes into effect from the 1st of April 2021. This may leave some landlords thinking they have a lot of time before the regulations apply to them, but it is always better to act sooner rather than later.
If a tenant leaves your property, and you have to begin a new tenancy, you need to comply with the regulations if this happens after the 1st of July. Therefore, landlords may find they are dealing with the regulations sooner than they expected. If you have any questions about The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, please get in touch, and we will be happy to help.
Landlords must provide tenants with a copy of the certificate
When the landlord receives a certificate, they must provide tenants with a copy of the certificate within 28 days. For new tenancies, landlords should provide the tenant with a copy of the certificate before the tenancy begins. Prospective tenants have the right to request a copy of the certificate during the pre-let period.
Landlords should be aware local council authorities have the right to request a copy of the electrical safety certificate. This should be provided in seven days. With local councils having the power to impose a fine of up to £30,000 on landlords who fail to comply with The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, it is in a landlords’ best interests to provide local authorities with what they want and need.
If remedial work needs to be carried out, it should be done so in 28 days. However, there are times when changes are recommended to be made sooner. If this happens, landlords should act on the deadline which falls first. When remedial work has been completed, landlords will receive written confirmation, and a copy of this confirmation should be provided to tenants.
If you are a landlord in South West London, and you need assistance managing your rental property, contact Holmes Estate Agents, and we will be happy to help.