New regulations on Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector are expected to come into force on 01 June 2020 (subject to approval in Parliament), mandating that landlords are responsible for undertaking electrical installations inspections and testing for new and existing tenancies. Landlords could be fined up to £30,000 if they break the rules on the safety standards.
When will the changes affect tenancies?
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 – applying to England only – will affect both new and existing tenancies from the following dates:
- All new specified tenancies from 01 July 2020
- All existing specified tenancies from 01 April 2021
What will be required from landlords?
The draft regulation states that a private landlord who grants or intends to grant a specified tenancy must ensure that electrical safety standards are met during any period when the premises are occupied under the tenancy. Every electrical installation in the premises must be inspected by a qualified person, with the first inspection and testing carried out before the first tenancy commences from 01 July 2020, or by 01 April 2021 for existing tenancies. Regular electrical inspection and testing must be taken at intervals of no more than 5 years.
What are the steps following an inspection?
Once an electrical inspection has been completed by a qualified professional, the landlord is obliged to obtain a report the professional with the results of the completed inspection and tests and the date of the next test. A copy of the report must be provided to each existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test. The landlord must also retain a copy of the report until the next inspection and test is due, and to supply a copy to the person carrying out the next check. Any remedial work must be carried out within 28 days by a qualified professional.
Could landlords face any penalties?
Landlords who are in breach of regulation and fail to satisfy necessary remedial work with the 28-day window could potentially be fined up to £30,000. That’s a sharp financial sting, but there’s an easy way to avoid it:
Meet compliance on time, and every time using Reapit Agency Cloud’s Power Organiser and personalised dashboards
Keeping on top of recurring compliancy requirements can be a struggle, fortunately Reapit’s Agency Cloud solution offers powerful tools such as our agent-favourite – the Power Organiser – and customisable dashboards with built-in compliancy checks that can help you can take the stress out of electrical redress. Here’s how we can help you to keep your landlords compliant and tenants safe:
1) The Power Organiser is an agent’s ultimate tool for their daily operations. Create a customisable dashboard with a panel for required works orders including electrical safety inspections and tests, gas safety expiry or supplier accreditation.
2) Each property you manage has just one property record across your entire database, and that record contains dates of past and future property inspections that you can easily update at any time. You don’t even have to search for the record if you think an inspection is near, built-in automations will send you an alert that will pop up on your dashboard when an inspection is due.
3) Automated communications can be scheduled via TaskPlans to go out to landlords the next time an electrical check is due. Each landlord also has a unique contact record that will contain any correspondence you have with them through the platform.
4) To keep your details as up to date and accurate as possible, property managers can upload images, notes, documentation of works orders and third-party referral directly through the Power Organiser.
Compliancy doesn’t have to be a challenge. If you would find out more about how Reapit software can help your landlords remain compliant, whilst boosting your efficiencies and saving you time…