What are the new electrical safety standards?
The new electrical safety standards require landlords to ensure the safety of all electrical wiring and fixed electrical installations are tested and signed off for each of their properties.
If the test highlights any investigative or corrective work, the landlord has 28 days to rectify the issue.
What exactly needs to be tested?
The fixed electrical parts of the property.
• Socket outlets
• Light fittings
• Fuse box
• Extractor fans
What does not need to be tested?
The new regulations state that the tenant is responsible for portable electrical appliances and therefore tests on these items are not required.
However, it is recommended that the landlord carries out tests on the portable appliance items they provide for good practice.*
When will the new standards be enforced?
For existing tenancies, an electrical safety test will need to be carried out by 1st April 2021.
For new tenancies, all electrical installations must be tested before the tenancy begins.
Who can carry out the electrical safety test?
Only a qualified electrician can carry out the test. Guidance for choosing a competent tester:
- Electrical Safety Roundtable
- Registered Competent Person Electrical single mark and register
What do you need to do as a landlord once the test has been completed?
- Provide a copy of the electrical safety report to each tenant in their existing properties within 28 days of the inspection.
- If requested, provide the local authority with a copy within seven days.
- Supply a copy of the safety report carried out to the electrician conducting the next safety report.
- Provide a copy of the most recent report to any new tenants.
- If requested, provide a copy of the most recent report to any new prospective tenants within 28 days.
- Electrical installations must then be tested every five years.
What happens if landlords do not carry out corrective work highlighted by the report?
The local authority has the right to enter the property (with the tenant's permission) to rectify the problem and will notify the landlord of this action.
The local authority can then bill landlords for the cost of any work completed by them.
If any issues highlighted within the report are not rectified within 28 days, landlords will potentially be faced with a fine of up to £30,000.
Landlords have the right to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against any decision of the local authority.
Due to current restrictions with the pandemic, many within the sector are concerned about ensuring their compliance in time with qualified help.
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