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Landlords – Electrical Safety Regulations

October 19th 2020
By: Intercounty
Landlords – Electrical Safety Regulations

At Intercounty, we know many local landlords struggle to comply with regulations. At the start of 2020, English landlords had to comply with more than 150 regulations. When you consider that regulations are also updated, and new regulations being introduced; most landlords need a helping hand.

We are more than happy to provide this assistance. At Intercounty, we offer a range of letting services, and if you want to take the pressure and hard work out of complying with regulations, we can help.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations are now in effect and at Intercounty, we are keen to ensure local landlords are confident about how to comply with the Regulations.

Private landlords must ensure:

  • 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 electrical safety check?

The person carrying out the electrical check must hold adequate insurance, indemnity insurance, qualifications and experience. As we know the local area well, we can put you in touch with trusted professionals or arrange for the test to be carried out on your behalf.

What problems are looked for during the test?

Some of most common problems that are looked for during the test include a lack of earthing or bonding, defective electrical work, overloaded electrical installations, fire hazards and potential electrical shock risks.

How can landlords comply with Regulations?

The majority of landlords in England already have a high standard of electrical safety at their rental property. However, it is helpful to maintain or improve standards. Any landlord looking for quick tips which will help them comply with regulations include:

  • Retain copies of the EICR so they can be issued to tenants, respective tenants and the local authority when required

  • Complete and maintain accurate records

  • Assess the standard of electrical installations

What are the penalties for not complying with the regulations?

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing compliance and as such, they can take a number of steps. Local authorities can demand a copy of the EICR, and the landlord should provide this within seven days. The local authority can also impose a remedial notice on landlords, if they believe there has been a breach of regulations.

The local authority can arrange for remedial work to be undertaken and then recover costs from the landlord. There is also the option to impose a financial penalty on landlords, up to a maximum of £30,000.

For all letting enquiries in Braintree, please feel free to call us on 01279 713750 or why not email us at propertymanagement@intercounty.co.uk. With considerable experience in the local letting market, and free valuation services, we look forward to helping you make an informed decision in the Braintree rental sector.