New Electrical Safety Standards on the Horizon
- AuthorNigel Bescoby
The draft Electrical Safety Standards in the Private (Rented) Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament. If passed there will be changes ahead.
The new regulations will apply as follows:-
- For new residential tenancies in the private rented sector
with effect from 1 July 2020
- For existing residential tenancies in the private rented sector
with effect from 1 April 2021
Where the Electrical Safety Regulations apply there will a number of considerations that Private Landlords must bear in mind:-
- To ensure that electrical installations are tested and meet the
relevant standard at the outset of a tenancy.
- To ensure that testing is carried out as a minimum every five years
- To issue a copy of the inspection report to the tenant within 28 days
- To carry out remedial works with 28 days (or sooner if the report
If a Private Landlord breaches the above then the relevant Local Authority will be able to serve Notice on the Landlord and ensure that the remedial work is carried out. Furthermore the Local Authority will have the power to serve financial penalties upon Landlords up to £30,000.00.
There are exclusions to the above and if in doubt specialist legal advice should be sought.
Chattertons Personal Business Dispute Resolution Team have an experienced Housing Team and can be contacted as follows:-
Annette Wood l Solicitor l 01522 781476 l firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Morley l Chartered Legal Executive l 01522 551154 l email@example.com
Nigel Bescoby l Chartered Legal Executive l 01522 781474 l firstname.lastname@example.org
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