Mandatory Electrical Testing – Are Landlords Ready?

Mandatory Electrical Testing – Are Landlords Ready?

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2020

It looks increasingly likely The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will apply to all new tenancies from July 1 2020. For existing leases, the start date is April 1 2021. We know many landlords are concerned about the increasing number of regulations they must comply with, but we believe many landlords already ensure their rental property is fit for purpose.

Our property management services provide landlords with peace of mind, and we already devote time and energy to ensure properties are safe concerning electrical standards. We welcome the new regulations, and we will ensure our clients comply with these matters in good time.

Landlords should familiarise themselves with the regulations

Some key points landlords should be aware of regarding The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 include:

  • A fixed electrical installation must be inspected and tested at least every five years, with the work carried out by a qualified person
  • When the landlord or their agent receives a report of the inspection, this must be supplied to the tenant within 28 days
  • Landlords should retain a copy of the report until the next electrical inspection
  • Local housing authorities can request a copy of the report, and this should be provided within seven days
  • New tenants should receive a copy of the report before they move in, and prospective tenants can request a copy of the report, which should be provided within 28 days
  • A breach of the regulations can result in a financial penalty of up to £30,000

ARLA Propertymark has provided their backing for the electrical safety checks. Their Chief Executive, David Cox, has said; “We are supportive of this concept and believe it will create a level playing field for all agents and landlords as well as ensuring improved safety standards for tenants. Mandating electrical testing should have a limited impact on good professional landlords and agents in the market, many of whom already voluntarily undertake these inspections.”

There will be high demand for electrical testing

Of course, it is essential to note the organisation has some concerns regarding the introduction of the testing. This is likely to be a busy time for electrical engineers, and that industry may find itself overwhelmed by demand.

David Cox continued by saying; “We did raise concerns about the number of engineers available to undertake these reports by the April 2021 deadline but have received assurances from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about capacity in the supply chain.”

At Aspire Sales & Lettings, we are pleased to say we work closely with local engineers. We only use qualified and highly-regarded professionals, and we will ensure all work is carried out in sufficient time to guarantee you comply with the new regulations.

While David Cox raises an important issue as to whether all landlords can find a qualified professional in time to ensure they are compliant, we take responsibility for this matter for our clients. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about meeting the expectations of the mandated tests.

Of course, we are always happy to discuss the letting market. If you have any questions concerning the new legislation, or any other matter, we are more than happy to arrange an appointment.

When you are looking for specialist support in letting your rental property, choose a local agent who listens to their clients carefully and who takes pride in providing the utmost in customer care. If you would like to arrange a property valuation from Aspire Sales and Lettings, please get in touch, and we will be happy to arrange this for you.