If you are reading this article I imagine you are either aware or curious of impending changes to legislation around electrical safety and reporting. If not, I hope to cover everything you need to know in the following article.
It is expected that the House Of Commons and Lords will, in the coming days/weeks, pass The Electrical Safety Standard in The Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. This will mean that every landlord in England will be required to have a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out by a qualified electrician. Once carried out, the report will be valid for 5 years.
The new regulations are being brought in with the intention of ensuring all rental properties are safe for human habitation, with The Residential Landlords Association stating that over thirty deaths and thousands of injuries are caused every year due to the lack of electrical safety. The most high-profile case recently being, the fire at Grenfell Tower, which killed 71 people and was thought to have originated from a faulty fridge freezer. A staggering 10% of fires are due to substandard or faulty electrical installations.
The regulations will come into force from 1st July 2020 for all new tenancies and from 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies. Once the report is carried out the landlord/agent must follow the listed time frames and guidelines:
Failure to do so can result in a penalty of up to £30,000
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