Did you know that in April 2021 new rules for landlords came into force with particular regards to electrical safety? Landlords must abide by them – so now is the time to familiarise yourself with the new laws.
The new regulations have been put together with the aim of providing high-quality and safe rented homes. They’re titled “The Electrical Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020” and, from April 2021, they will apply ro new and existing tenancies alike (a “new tenancy” in this case referring to a rental agreement that was granted on or after 1st June 2020.)
The Electrical Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020: What you need to know
All landlords will need to abide by the new safety measures from April this year, and electricians will need to know how to carry out the necessary electrical inspections – here’s what you need to know…
- Landlords must ensure that national standards for electrical safety, as set out in the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, are met.
- Electrical installations must be inspected and tested by an electrician at least every 5 years.
- Landlords must secure an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and keep a record of the date on which their next inspection date is due.
- Where the above report finds that further work is needed, the landlord must hire a competent electrician to carry out this work within 28 days.
You can view the full regulations in the official government document, here.
Finding a competent electrician
If you are a landlord looking to hire an electrician to complete this new round of compulsory electrical tests, the government recommends The Electrical Safety Roundtable and Registered Competent Person (Electrical) in order to find a qualified and trained professional.
The importance of Portable Appliance Testing (Pat Testing)
Don’t forget PAT testing, too. These new 2020 regulations apply specifically to fixed electrical installations – but while it’s not outlined within them, the Government also advises that landlords carry out regular checks of portable electricals supplied to tenants in their rented accommodation with PAT Testing. Follow the full regulations and advisories and tenants and landlords alike can enjoy safe and secure homes.