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Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections For 2020

Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections Exeter

Electrical safety inspections for rental properties are expected to become mandatory in April 2020. The UK government announced last year that private landlords would be required to undergo electrical safety inspections. The new regulations, titled “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020,” were presented to the UK parliament for approval. So, what are the current laws requiring electrical safety inspections?

Electrical Safety Inspections For Rented Accommodation

The current mandatory electrical inspections are only legally required for houses in multiple occupation or HMOs. For all other private tenants, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is highly recommended every five years but is not technically required by law as it stands.

What Are The New Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections?

Mandatory electrical safety inspections for rental properties have been in discussion for quite a while now. While many landlords already adhere to electrical best practises, the new mandatory regulations will assist in ensuring that properties are protected and tenants are safe.

The Electrical Standards Working Group held a consultation in 2018 to discuss electrical safety in the private rented sector in the United Kingdom. In January 2019, the government released the long-awaited response to that consultation, which included a few key recommendations, including mandatory electrical checks for landlords every five years.

What Do The Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections Mean For Landlords?

The anticipated regulations impose some obligations on landlords. All private landlords will be required to:

  • Make sure that all electrical safety standards are met while the residential premises are occupied under the tenancy agreement.
  • Ensure every electrical installation in the residential property is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified person. (‘regular intervals’ is every five years, unless a report from an inspection and test specifies sooner).
  • Ensure the first inspection and testing is carried out before the new tenancy starts.
    Make sure the first inspection is carried out by 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.
  • Ensure all new tenancies have a satisfactory EICR as of the 1st of July 2020.

What Happens After The Inspection?

Get a report from the qualified person carrying out the inspection and test, which includes the results of the inspection and test and the date of the next one.

  • Supply a copy of the report to each existing tenant on the premises within 28 days of the inspection.
  • Supply a copy of the report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request from the authority.
  • Retain a copy of the report to give to the qualified person that carries out the next inspection and test
  • Supply a copy of the most recent report to new tenants and to prospective tenants who request to see it.

What Does The Electrical Inspection Involve?

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs), also known as “periodic inspections,” should be performed by a fully qualified and registered engineer. The inspection’s purpose is to:

Find any potential fire hazards or electric shock risks in the property.
Identify any defective electrical work that has been carried out.
Detect any lack or earthing or bonding.
Pinpoint any overloading of electrical circuits or equipment.

Landlords must ensure that their inspection is carried out by a legitimate electrical engineer, as local authorities and lettings agents will only accept certificates issued by a qualified person.

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An EICR will be issued by the electrical engineer detailing any damage, defects, or dangerous conditions discovered. If the property is deemed unsafe, the electrical installation will be labelled “unsatisfactory,” and corrective action will be required.

What Happens If The Electrics Are Not Safe?

If the electrical safety report reveals that the property is unsafe, the landlord must ensure that the recommended investigation or remedial work detailed in the report is completed by a qualified person. This work must be completed within 28 days of the inspection date, or within the period specified in the report if completed sooner.

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The landlord must then obtain written confirmation from the qualified person. It is important that this work was completed and that the electrical safety standards were met. This confirmation, along with a copy of the original report, must then be provided to the tenant and local authorities.

What Are The Financial Penalties For Not Having Safety Certificates

If the local authority on question believes a landlord has breached the duties set out by the regulations, they must serve a remedial notice to the landlord who must then carry out the action recommended. Also, if the local authority has concluded, beyond reasonable doubt, that the private landlord has breached their duties under the regulations, they may issue a notice of intent to impose a financial penalty. This penalty is determined by the local authority but cannot exceed the amount of £30,000.

Electrical Safety Certificates For Exeter Landlords

GASLEC Exeter Specialise in Electrical Inspections and Electrical Safety Certifications. At GASLEC Exeter, our electrical engineers are fully certified and qualified to conduct electrical inspections and issue electrical safety certificates. This is carried out for landlords, agents and homeowners. A GASLEC Home Buyers Survey demonstrates that the gas and electrical systems in a property have been comprehensively tested and are operating, as they should. Call today to book your inspection.

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