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The new electrical safety standards come into force

Posted on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The new electrical safety standards come into force

Electrical safety: landlords now have a month to comply or face fines of up to £30,000.

The new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) came into force today giving landlords until July 1st to comply with new tenancies and by 1st April next year for existing tenancies. Landlords have one month left to prepare for new electrical safety rules which came into force today.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 apply to new tenancies from 1st July and then to existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

The new regulations in England require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a qualified person at least every five years. They will have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants within 28 days of the inspection, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.

The electrical safety rules come only a few week after the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for rented properties was introduced in England on 1st April - requiring that all private rented properties must achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate grade of E, or higher.