The laws regarding electrical installations in privately rented properties are changing. Agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from July 1st 2020, or from April 1st 2021 for existing tenancies.
The government says The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament. These are likely to be agreed by the Commons and the Lords in the coming weeks.
This means agents and landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.
The regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.
The report must be provided to the local housing authority within seven days, and a private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from that prospective tenant.
Breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.