Hitchin Landlords – Be Mindful Of Updated Electrical Regulations

19th April 2021 posted in LANDLORDS

At Country Properties, we know staying in touch with regulations is a challenging issue for landlords. When it comes to health and safety, you have no leeway for error, but with new and updated regulations to consider, we know many landlords struggle to comply with all expected safety matters.

We are here to help.

One matter you should be up to date with is the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations.

Do you comply with Electrical Safety Standards?

The regulations officially came into force back on June 1 last year and applied to new tenancies from July 1 - but it is only at the beginning of this April that they will apply to existing tenancies.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, taken from the official website, states:

Duties of private landlords in relation to electrical installations:

A private landlord who grants or intends to grant a specified tenancy must—

(a)ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a specified tenancy;

(b)ensure every electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified person; and

(c)ensure the first inspection and testing is carried out—

(i)before the tenancy commences in relation to a new specified tenancy; or

(ii)by 1st April 2021 in relation to an existing specified tenancy.

There are punishments in place for landlords who fail to comply with these regulations, or who fail to carry out the necessary repairs. Landlords who fail to act could face fines of up to £30,000.

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Lesley Rudd, chief executive of the charity Electrical Safety First, said; “Good private rental sector landlords have always undertaken regular electrical checks. But making these checks a legal requirement, with a significant penalty if landlords fail to comply, brings clarity and reduces electrical risk for people and property. And, of course, it is essential that these mandatory electrical checks are undertaken by a suitably qualified and competent person – a point we continue to highlight in all our campaigns.”

Adrian Moloney, Group Sales Director at Precise Mortgages said; “If you’re a landlord who hasn’t had electrical safety inspections carried out on your properties by 1 April, then the joke could be on you. From that date, landlords failing to ensure that existing tenancies haven’t received a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report could be in for a nasty shock. And I’m not talking about one of those static ones you sometimes get from accidentally rubbing up against something; I’m talking about one in the form of a potential fine of up to £30,000.”

With the lockdown measures in place at the start of the year, we know many landlords struggled to arrange property visits. If you are yet to make the necessary changes or arrange for a test, it is best you do this as quickly as possible. If you need assistance in this matter, we can help.

Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Hitchin branch is open and our sales and lettings personnel are on hand to assist you.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 452951 or email hitchin@country-properties.co.uk.