Electrical Safety Guidance 2021

9 June 2021

With the latest electrical safety guidance for landlords of private properties recently released by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), every private landlord up and down the country will need to brush up on the latest regulations to stay fully compliant.

As leading providers of electrical testing for commercial properties, we’ve been staying up to date with the latest and greatest electrical safety rules so our clients don’t have to. That’s why we’ve dedicated this blog post to providing a complete guide to the new electrical safety regulations for landlords that operate within the private rental sector.


Why electrical safety is important for landlords and their tenants

As a landlord of a private property it’s your legal and moral responsibility to ensure your property can be safely occupied by your tenants. Upholding the highest standards of electrical safety is a vital piece of the puzzle.

The latest electrical safety regulations came into effect on 1st June last year but were recently updated. The regulations now form part of the MHCLG’s wider pledge to boost safety and deliver secure, quality housing across the residential sector.


How can I remain compliant as a private landlord?

Now, by law, private landlords must have all their electrical installations inspected and tested by a professional electrical tester. This must take place at least every 5 years and must be completed to the national standards as stipulated by the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations.

A copy of the electrical safety report generated should then be provided to the tenants of the property within 28 days of inspection and testing. Another copy may also need to be submitted to the Local Authority within 7 days of inspection and testing.

If you have new or prospective tenants that are due to occupy your private property, a copy of the report should be made available to your tenant before they move in.

Any recommendations regarding remedial work to rectify issues that were identified during inspection and testing should be completed within 28 days.


Do the new regulations apply to my property?

With the update on 1st April 2021 came clarification on the types of rented properties that the Electrical Safety Regulations apply to. Any private property that a tenant has the right to occupy as their only or main residence, and pays rent to do so, is subject to the rules.

This includes assured shorthold tenancies and licences to occupy, yet excludes social housing; lodgers; leases of 7 years or more; student halls; care homes; hospitals, hospices or other healthcare accommodation; hostels; and refuges.

Houses in Multiple Occupation or HMOs are subject to these regulations only if the property is a tenant’s main residence.

For further advice regarding current electrical safety guidance, please contact us direct.


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