· New electrical safety regulations came into force on the 1 June 2020 that will require landlords to have their properties’ electrical installations inspected and tested by qualified and competent personnel every 5 years.
· The inspection should meet the standards set out in the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations.
· A copy of the electrical safety report must be supplied to new tenants. These reports should give results and set a date for the new inspection and test.
· The report should also be available to prospective tenants within 28 days if requested.
· The local authority should also receive a copy of the report within 7 days if they request it.
· If the report notes that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, then the work must be completed within 28 days, or in a shorter period if the report specifies it necessary.
· Any work completed must be followed up with written confirmation of the works from the electrician and should be given to the tenant and local authority within 28 days.
· HMOs will also be covered by the new electrical safety regulations.
· Additionally, a new mandatory condition in HMO licenses will apply that will ensure every electrical installation in the HMO is in proper working order and is safe for continued use.
· Landlords in breach of their duties, in this respect, can face penalties of up to £30,000 by local authorities.
· The Regulations will apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and to existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
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