04 Mar New Electrical Check Laws for Rented Properties: Are You Prepared for 1st June 2020?
As of the 1st June 2020, the UK government’s new electrical check laws will come into play. This means that letting agents and private landlords will have to complete comprehensive electrical safety checks on all rental properties. Failure to do so will result in a fine of up to £30,000.
The regulations were initially proposed to come into effect much earlier, but officials were persuaded to delay for two reasons; the first was to give landlords and letting agents enough time to be fully prepared for the changes, especially as this is not the only change in real estate law expected to be passed this year, and the second was the concern over the potential lack of available engineers.
The proposals are outlined in the Electrical Safety Standards, available to read on the legislation.gov website; here.
The new regulations are laid out in substantial detail, so we’ve pulled together the key things private landlords need to know in order to be fully prepared on June 1st 2020.
Electrical Check Laws – The Big Changes;
- All lettings agents and private landlords will be fully responsible to ensure that all electrical installations within a property are tested by a fully qualified engineer.
- The new laws apply for EVERY kind of privately rented property. There are no exceptions.
- Failure to comply will result in fines of up to £30,000
- For new tenancies, these checks should be carried out at the beginning of the tenancy for a property, and then every five years.
- For existing tenancies, checks on each property need to be checked by 1st April 2021, and then every five years.
- Upon completion of the checks a copy of the electrical safety report must be supplied in full to the tenants of the property.
- Any problems or faults highlighted by the engineer and/or report must be fixed within 28 days of the inspection.
How To Best Make Sure You’re Ready?
The easiest way to ensure you are fully compliant with the new laws is to book in a comprehensive check with a qualified electrician as far ahead of the April deadline as possible. As discussed above, there are concerns over the number of engineers available to undertake the huge number of inspections that will be required.
Make sure you don’t get caught out by booking ahead. Being unable to complete a check in time, even with proof, will not be enough to avoid a fine due to the now longer time frame given to allow landlords to prepare.
Overall, the new regulations have been met with a positive response. The checks should have a limited impact on professional landlords, many of whom already completed these checks, while making rented properties safer for tenants.