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New Electrical Rules for Landlords

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 aims to make privately rented accommodation safer for tenants.

As a result, landlords and tenants need to be aware of the new electrical safety rules to avoid a potential fine of £30,000.

What are the New Electrical Safety Checks?

First introduced on June the 1st 2020, the safety rules for electrical appliances will also apply to existing tenancies from the 1st of April 2021.

The latest round of regulations will help to ensure that fixed electrical installations (including electrical wiring) are safe and fit for the purpose.

As a result, a sizable number of tenancies will need regular inspections by qualified electricians, for things like electrical sockets and fuse boxes.

Note: Some exceptions apply to long leases (at least seven years), care homes, hospitals, hostels, hospices, to lodgers, and for social housing.

Extra Responsibilities for Landlords

From the 1st of April 2021, the new electrical safety requirement for landlords is to have their property electrics inspected and tested by a 'qualified person' every five (5) years.

So what happens if an electrical report highlights an issue? If so, the landlord must have the problem remedied within twenty eight (28) days. Failing to do so could result in a £30,000 fine.

Furthermore, landlords need provide their tenant (and local authority when required) with:

Note: The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government provides further guidance on how the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 may affect landlords, their tenants, and local authorities.

Finding a Qualified and Competent Person

The electrical safety industry has further information about how to choose a qualified and competent inspector and tester. Their recommendations include:

If you are a landlord of a privately rented accommodation you will need to:

A landlord would not be in breach of their duty to comply with a remedial notice, providing they can show they took all reasonable steps to do so.

Note: The new Electrical Safety Regulations now cover Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) after previous laws got repealed.

New Electrical Inspections and Tests

The main purpose of the required electrical inspection and test is to determine whether there are:

The new Regulations only cover 'fixed' electrical installations, such as wiring, socket-outlets (plug sockets), light fittings, and the consumer unit (fuse box).

But, landlords can carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) on electrical appliances they provide or supply for their tenants (e.g. cookers, fridges, televisions).


Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

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