Landlords Electrical safety rules
New this year, the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, become applicable to all new tenancies from 1 July 2020.
Under the regulations, private landlords are required to ensure that electrical safety standards are met during any tenancy. This is to be certified by way of an Electrical Safety Condition Report (EICR) prepared by a suitably qualified person.
Inspection and testing will cover ‘fixed electrical cables or fixed electrical equipment located on the consumer’s side of the electricity supply meter’, rather than appliances. If the report indicates that investigative or remedial works are necessary, landlords are required to have this work carried out.
Landlords are required to provide an EICR to new tenants, and to the local authority if requested.
Electrical safety and the coronavirus crisis
Landlords will not be in breach of the new electrical safety regulations provided they can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply. To do this, landlords must be able to show they have taken such steps by providing copies of all communications they have had with their tenants and with engineers in their attempts to arrange for the necessary work.
Landlords may also wish to provide other evidence they have that the electrical installation in the rental property is in a good condition at the time they have attempted to arrange works.
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