Rental Property Electrical Safety Standards

New electrical safety standards for private rental properties are expected to come into force on July 1st 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced on January 29th 2020 that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented houses in England will be introduced but this will be done using a phased approach. 

What does this mean for landlords?

According to draft legislation, the new standards will mean landlords are obligated to keep the electrics in their properties in good working order. Before a tenancy can commence the landlord will be required to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Every tenant must be given a copy of the EICR and lettings agents will need to obtain a copy of an EICR before tenants can move in.   

For existing tenancies, every fixed electrical installation in a rental property will need to be inspected and tested by a qualified electrician (who holds the correct qualifications to carry out an inspection) every five years. Any issues identified in the EICR must be remedied within 28 days or sooner. Breaches of the regulations could result in financial penalties of up to £30,000. 

When will this happen?

This rule is expected to be introduced in June 2020 and should be in force for new tenancies from July 1st 2020. All new tenancies or renewals from the date of official launch will be required to comply with the legislation. Pre-existing tenancies will be given a transitional period and will come into scope within approximately a year. 

ARLA Propertymark report: "A transitional period will apply for two years. In year one, all new private tenancies will be affected and in year two all existing tenancies will come within scope. Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed."

For further information about the new legislation visit ARLA Propertymark. For how this may affect your individual tenancy please contact us at central@hmlettings.co.uk 


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