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Bishop's Stortford Landlords – Electrical Safety Regulations

November 3rd 2020
By: Intercounty
Bishop's Stortford Landlords – Electrical Safety Regulations

We know these are challenging times for landlords, and there is a wide range of new challenges arising on a daily or weekly basis. However, this doesn’t mean landlords can afford to overlook regulations which are already in place, or which have been recently implemented.

There is more than 150 regulations for English landlords to consider. Many of these regulations are frequently updated, and there have been many new regulations implemented for this year. Therefore, landlords in Bishop’s Stortford must familiarise themselves with The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations an example of this.

If you are a landlord in or around Bishops’ Stortford, and you need any assistance when it comes to complying with electrical safety standards, please contact Intercounty, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Do you know what is expected from landlords for electrical safety?

All landlords should familiarise themselves with what is expected of them when it comes to The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations. You should adhere to the following points:

  • Their rental property is inspected and tested before new tenancies commence on or after the 1st of July 2020

  • Their rental property is inspected and tested before existing tenancies by 1st of April 2021

  • Electrical safety standards are upheld during a tenancy

  • All electrical installations at the property are inspected and tested b y a qualified person at least every five years

Who can carry out the test and checks?

It is important to note the testing and safety checks must be carried out by a qualified professional:

  • Adequate insurance. This should include at least £2 million public liability insurance and £250,000 professional indemnity insurance.

  • A qualification covering the current version of the wiring regulations (BS 7671).

  • A qualification covering the periodic inspection, testing, and certification of electrical installations.

  • At least two years’ experience in carrying out periodic inspection and testing

While landlords shouldn’t carry out checks or do work themselves if they are unqualified, it is helpful to know what professionals are looking for during tests and checks. The following issues are the most common problems that are searched for by a qualified professional:

  • Potential electric shock risks or fire hazards

  • Electrical installations which are overloaded

  • Any defective electrical work on the premises

  • A lack of bonding or earthing – these are methods that prevent electrical shocks and which are built into electrical installations

What are the penalties for not complying with the regulations?

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing compliance and they can take the following steps:

  • Demand a copy of the EICR, which the landlord is obliged to provide within seven days

  • Serve a remedial notice if there is reasonable grounds to believe a landlord has breached their duties with respect to the Regulations

  • Arrange for appropriate remedial work to be undertaken and then recover the costs of doing so if the landlord fails to do so and as long as the tenant provides consent

  • Impose a financial penalty or penalties if there is a sustained failure to comply, up to a maximum of £30,000

The Regulations enable a landlord to challenge any remedial notice imposed on them by making written representations within 21 days of being served notice.

For lettings sector enquiries in Bishop’s Stortford, please feel free to call us on 01279 504079 or why not email us at lettings@intercounty.co.uk. With considerable experience in the local market, and free valuation services, we look forward to helping you move.