Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2020
Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, there is still some legislation changing which will directly affect lettings. The introduction of fixed wiring electrical safety checks now being introduced for every property that is rented out in England and Wales; it will now offer all tenants the peace of mind to know that the property that they live in is safe.
The legislation in the private rented sector has always been slightly controversial, in that if something is “not law’ but highly recommended; it creates confusion and grey areas. The failing comes when the property has not had a check carried out. While it may have only been seen as a recommendation, the courts would say that the landlord is liable if a tenant were injured or worse due to faulty electrics as it would be considered a breach of Duty of Care.
Simple to follow now we have legislation.
As from the 1st June 2020 any rented property that is rented from the 1st July 2020 with a new tenant must have a valid electrical certificate, this includes new tenancies, renewals from the 1st July onto a fixed term or a statutory periodic tenancy.
For all existing tenancies that do not renew on to a fixed-term or are contractual periodic, the deadline for the certificates to be in place will be 1st April 2021.
If you are a landlord and unsure if you have this in place, then it is paramount that you check your paperwork or consult your managing agent.
For any landlord that is unsure of the new law, and you would like further assistance, then please make contact, and we will be able to guide and advise you further.