Calling all landlords: are you up to speed with electrical safety?

What do the (snappily titled) Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require landlords to do? There are ten elements to bear in mind.

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The answer for most of you will hopefully be ‘yes’. Residential landlords have a responsibility to ensure that the electrical installations and fixed appliances in the properties they own function properly and are safe to use.

 

The rules, which came into force in mid-2020, are strict – and there are quite a lot of them. It’s easy to miss one, even if you’re an experienced landlord. Easier still if you’re new to managing rental properties. If you are found to be in breach of the regulations, you could face a penalty of up to £30,000. A figure to focus the mind, we’re sure you would agree!

 

What do the (snappily titled) Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require landlords to do? There are ten elements to bear in mind.

 

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

 

1) Ensure that your rental property (or properties) meet or exceed national standards for electrical safety.

These are set out in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s page-turning booklet ‘British Standard 7671’ (now on its 18th edition).

 

2) Make sure that the electrics in your rental properties are inspected and tested by a qualified, competent electrical engineer, once every five years at a minimum – or more often if there’s any reason for concern, or when there is a change of tenant.

 

3) Obtain a report from the tester, which gives the test results and sets a date for the next inspection.

 

4) Supply a copy of the report to an existing tenant no more than 28 days after the inspection has taken place.

 

5) Give a copy of the report to a new tenant before they occupy the property.

 

6) Supply a copy of the report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request.

 

7) If asked by your local authority for a copy of the report, hand it over within seven days.

 

8) Keep a copy of the report to give to the next inspector or tester.

 

9) Where the report indicates that work may be required to bring your electrical installations upto speed, complete the work within 28 days, or fewer if specified in the report.

 

10) Supply confirmation within 28 days, in writing, to the local authority and the tenant that the work has been completed.

 

In short, as a landlord you are required to commission a five-yearly inspection and test, to keep the resulting report in a safe place, and supply it promptly to anyone who asks. It is of course of the utmost importance that you choose an experienced, qualified electrical engineer to carry out the inspection.

 

The government’s website helpfully provides a link to a register of possible suppliers –electricalcompetentperson.co.uk – where punching in your postcode will reveal electricians close by who are qualified to do this kind of work.

 

But let us save you some time! It will not surprise you to learn that Excel Electrical is on that register. We’re qualified and experienced in all sorts of electrical testing: for commercial, industrial, retail, business and (yes, you guessed it) residential property installations. To make sure you comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, you’llneed an Electrical Installation Condition Report, or EICR.

 

Our highly qualified, experienced personnel won’t cut corners, but we will keep any inconvenience to a minimum when conducting inspections and tests. Should any remedial work be required, we will help you decide on the solutions that are right for you, your timeframe, and your budget – and help you avoid a costly fine!

 

Ask the experts

 

For your next rental property EICR, contact Excel Electrical on 01508 488007 or email enquiries@excelelectrical.co.uk

 

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