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New Electrical Safety Standards on the Horizon

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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 
    requires)

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  annette.wood@chattertons.com

Andrew Morley  l  Chartered Legal Executive  l  01522 551154 l  andrew.morley@chattertons.com

Nigel Bescoby   l  Chartered Legal Executive  l  01522 781474 l  nigel.bescoby@chattertons.com

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This Blog is written to raise awareness of these issues. While every effort has been made to ensure that it is correct at the time of first publication it may not be updated, even if the law changes. It is not intended to be specific legal advice and cannot be relied on as such. Chattertons are not responsible or liable for any action taken or not taken as a result of this Blog.

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