The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
This has been on our radar for a while now: Now it is finally becoming law this spring, as the draft was published this week. This long overdue legislation is going to have a significant impact on landlords, who finally will have to take action and bring their properties up to standard.
View the draft legislation here: – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934#f00006
All new tenancies starting on or after the 1st July 2020, will require a five-year electrical report from an approved electrician. It can be less than every five years if the report requires: e.g. Tenancy changes generally demand a new report.
All new tenancies, will include renewals and tenancies that become periodic.
All existing tenancies from the 1st April 2021
It’s likely to include non-housing act tenancies, such as a company lets, where the rent is over £100k or it’s not the persons main residence
It will be very similar to the Gas Safety, in that a copy must be given before the tenants occupy and within 28 days of any renewal of the certificate.
There is financial penalty of up to £30,000 for non-compliance, which can be levied by the local council.
Any remedial works stated by the electrical report must be done within 28 days or sooner, with written confirmation that it has been done.
LA Electrical’s Experience
We have been inspecting residential buildings, throughout the area, for a number of years now. Therefore, have an excellent understanding of the general condition of properties. Sadly, less than 40% of installations currently inspected are of a ‘satisfactory’ standard. Our experience regularly sees, quality and standards overlooked, either by ignorance or a reluctance to finance safety. The majority of issues found relate to the lack of safety devices protecting users, generally RCD’s for socket outlets & bathrooms. The fix for these problems are often a replacement consumer unit. As a ‘rule of thumb’; older or rewired properties prior to 2011, are likely to have issues.
We recommend; Landlords do them now, as they will be cheaper; unless any other electrician is reading this. Also, currently, there’s plenty of time to get the remedial work done. Demand will be high, in July, when compliance finally becomes law.
Fully Approved NICEIC electrical contractors, LA Electrical, offer Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), in conjunction with general installation work. 23 years in this business, Trust Mark approved, on the Electrical Safety Register, carrying full liability insurance and registered under ‘The Competent Persons scheme’.
Be aware; not all electricians can do this work: As an example; a NICEIC ‘Domestic Installer’ electrician is not approved to provide a NICIEC EICR. Always check the credentials and insurance of any contractor working on your properties.
Can we help?
Please get in touch if you would like more information on EICR’s, standards and the Electrical Regulations BS7671.
Consider; a short information talk for you or your staff, to help boost awareness.