Electrical safety in the private rented sector

16 November 2021

Landlords in the private rental sector have a lot more to think about after Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were updated last year. Whether they are renting a small or sizable residential or business premises from you, each and every one of your tenants deserves to occupy a property that is safe.

As the UK’s leading commercial electrical testing specialists, we have more than 25 years of experience providing UK-wide coverage. During this time, we’ve helped clients work to and comply with changing legislation to keep themselves and their tenants safe and secure. But what do the latest electrical safety regulations for the private rented sector mean for you?


New legislation, higher electrical safety standard

As of 1st June 2020, Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 make it a legal requirement for all landlords in England to ensure that electrical installations within their properties are fit for use.

The latest legislation is applicable to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.


Mandatory electrical testing for landlords

To ensure you fulfil the requirements set out by the Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, most landlords with privately rented properties must have an electrical installation condition report (EICR) carried out at least every 5 years by a qualified professional.

If the inspection shows that remedial action is required, this must be completed within 28 days. If you fail to provide a regular, valid EICR, you risk incurring fines.


Better transparency for private tenants

As part of your commitment to a higher standard of electrical safety, a copy of the EICR produced by your registered electrician must be provided to your tenant within 4 weeks of inspection.

If the property you are letting privately was constructed or rewired in the last 5 years, an EICR is not required. You must instead provide your tenant with the electrical installation certificate as proof of electrical safety.


The exceptions to the latest electrical safety rules

If, as a landlord, you reside in the property with a lodger, the regulations set out do not apply to you. If you are a landlord of a HMO or House in Multiple Occupation, whereby the property is rented out by at least 3 people not from the same family, you must abide by the Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

If you are a landlord of a commercial property looking to remain compliant with the latest regulations, contact us today to discuss our commercial electrical testing services.


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