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Five-year electrical safety check regulations to be enforced in England

The National Landlords Association reported that the government has proposed detailed regulations for enforcing mandatory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rented sector from July this year. 


The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were laid in Parliament this month. They require approval from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they come into force. 



The draft regulations propose that, from 1 July 2020, all new private tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins. The landlord will then need to ensure that the installation is inspected and tested at least every five years – and more often if the most recent safety report requires it. 


For existing tenancies, an electrical safety test will need to be carried out by 1 April 2021, with regular tests following this as outlined above. 

The regulations will apply to all properties across the private rented sector, including houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), although lodger arrangements where the tenant shares accommodation or amenities with the landlord or their family are excluded. These regulations will replace the existing requirements for HMOs regarding electrical installation testing and inspection.  


A ‘qualified person’ for the purposes of these regulations is a person competent to undertake the inspection and testing required and any further investigative or remedial work in accordance with the electrical safety standards. 

Local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 for a breach of the regulations. Where there are multiple breaches, the local authority can impose multiple penalties. To read further information on the details of the requirements follow the article.

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