Electrical Safety Standards – Legal Requirements

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

New regulations for electrical safety in private rented property come into force on 1st July 2020 for new tenancies and on 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.

Landlords will be required to ensure national standards for electrical safety are met.

The government guidance regarding this new legislation can be found here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/guide-for-landlords-electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector

Electrical installations in privately rented properties must be inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years and any remedial work identified must be carried out.

The requirement to have electrical installations periodically tested, was previously only applicable to ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO), however these new regulations extend this duty to most types of privately rented accommodation.

Landlords must obtain a report (usually an ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’ or ‘EICR’) from the person conducting the inspection and test which explains its outcomes and any investigative or remedial work required.

Landlords must then supply a copy of this report to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.

If a local authority requests it, landlords must supply them with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving the request.

If the report requires remedial work or further investigation, landlords must provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to the local authority within 28 days of completing the work.

Landlords must retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.


Last Updated on 12 June 2020

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