A Landlords and Tenants Guide to renting part 1 : Electrical regulations

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A Landlords and Tenants Guide to renting part 1 : Electrical regulations

Renting becoming more and more popular within the housing industry the standards for safety are on the rise also.

On March 18th a bill was passed for the new Electrical safety regulation. This will be applied in England to all the new tenancies from 1st of July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1st April 2020.

What does this mean for landlords?

-Landlords must ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at a minimum of every 5 years by a qualified individual.

- These Regulations also ensure Landlords obtain a report of the tests and inspection completed, also it must be supplied to tenants within 28 days of the test being completed .

What does this mean for tenants?

With these new regulations passing the tenants are ensured a safe home and are given the peace of mind they deserve.

More details regarding this regulation:

  • Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days.
  • The private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant.
  • The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action.
  • Proven breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

To find out more regarding the regulations click the Government authorised link below: