Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections For Rental Property Expected April 2020 – Last year, the UK government announced the anticipated introduction of mandatory electrical safety inspections for private landlords. A draft of the new regulations, titled “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020” was put before the UK parliament for subsequent approval. So, what are the current laws regarding mandatory electrical safety inspections?
Electrical Safety Inspections For Rented Accommodation
The current mandatory electrical inspections are only legally required for houses in multiple occupation or HMOs. And for all other private tenants, it is highly recommended that an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is carried out every five years but is not technically required by law as it stands.
What Are The New Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections
Mandatory electrical safety inspections for rental properties have been in discussion for quite a while now. Whilst many landlords already follow electrical best practices thankfully, the new mandatory regulations will help to ensure that properties are protected and that tenants are safe.
In 2018, a consultation was held by the Electrical Standards Working Group to discuss electrical safety in the private rented sector for the UK. Back in January 2019, the government published the long-awaited response to that consultation that contained a few important recommendations, including mandatory requirements for landlords to carry out electrical checks every five years.
What Do The Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections Mean For Landlords
The expected regulations set out some duties for landlords. All private landlords will be required to:
Make sure all the electrical safety standards are complied with during the period when the residential premises are occupied under the tenancy agreement.
Ensure every electrical installation in the residential property is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified person (‘regular intervals’ is every five years, unless a report from an inspection and test specifies sooner).
Ensure the first inspection and testing is carried out before the new tenancy starts.
Make sure the first inspection is carried out by 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.
Ensure all new tenancies have a satisfactory EICR as of the 1st of July 2020.
What Happens After The Inspection?
Get a report from the qualified person carrying out the inspection and test, which includes the results of the inspection and test and the date of the next one.
Supply a copy of the report to each existing tenant on the premises within 28 days of the inspection.
Supply a copy of the report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request from the authority.
Retain a copy of the report to give to the qualified person that carries out the next inspection and test
Supply a copy of the most recent report to new tenants and to prospective tenants who request to see it.
What Does The Electrical Inspection Involve
Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs), otherwise known as ‘periodic inspections’ should be carried out by a fully qualified and registered engineer. The purpose of the inspection is to:
Find any potential fire hazards or electric shock risks in the property.
Identify any defective electrical work that has been carried out.
Detect any lack or earthing or bonding.
Pinpoint any overloading of electrical circuits or equipment.
Landlords must ensure that their inspection is carried out by a legitimate electrical engineer as local authorities and lettings agents will only accept certificates issued by a qualified person.
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The electrical engineer will issue an EICR detailing any damage, defects or dangerous conditions found. If the property is deemed unsafe, the electrical installation will be declared as “unsatisfactory” and remedial action will be required.
What Happens If The Electrics Are Not Safe
If the electrical safety report shows that the property is not safe, the landlord must ensure that recommended investigated or remedial work detailed on the report is carried out by a qualified person. This work must be carried out within 28 days or within the period specified in the report if sooner – starting from the date of the inspection.
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The landlord must then obtain written confirmation from the qualified person that this work has been carried out and the electrical safety standards have been met. This confirmation must then be supplied to the tenant and local authorities, along with a copy of the original report.
What Are The Financial Penalties For Not Having Safety Certificates
If the local authority on question believes a landlord has breached the duties set out by the regulations, they must serve a remedial notice to the landlord who must then carry out the action recommended. Also, if the local authority has concluded, beyond reasonable doubt, that the private landlord has breached their duties under the regulations, they may issue a notice of intent to impose a financial penalty. This penalty is determined by the local authority but cannot exceed the amount of £30,000.
Electrical Safety Certificates For Exeter Landlords
GASLEC Exeter Specialise in Electrical Inspections and Electrical Safety Certifications. At GASLEC Exeter, our electrical engineers are fully certified and qualified to conduct electrical inspections and issue electrical safety certificates for landlords, agents and homeowners. A GASLEC Home Buyers Survey demonstrates that the gas and electrical systems in a property have been comprehensively tested and are operating, as they should. Call 01392 460000 to book your inspection.