What are the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020?
These new Regulations state that Private Landlords must ensure that their properties within the private rental sector comply with the latest edition of the wiring regulations.
The Legislation is still awaiting final approval from the House of Commons and Lords. The Regulations are expected to be made official on 1st of June, and currently are only expected to apply to England.
Does this affect me and my Rental Property?
If your property is privately owned and being rented out, then it is classified as Private Rented Sector Housing, and you are considered to be a Landlord. This Legislation also covers properties classified as houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s). This new Legislation replaces the existing Legislation which was in place for the Electrical Testing of HMO’s.
You will be affected by these new regulations if you are acquiring a new tenant from 1st July 2020, and all existing tenancies from the 1st April 2021. New tenants are described in the Regulations as any person signing a tenancy granted on or after the Regulations are put into effect. Existing tenancies are described as all tenancy agreements signed prior to the 1st July 2020.
The tenancies covered in the Legislation are as follows:
- private registered providers of social housing
- shared accommodation with the Landlord or Landlord’s family
- long leases, i.e. longer than seven years
- student halls of residence
- care homes
- other accommodation relating to healthcare provision.
What do these Regulations actually do?
There are four main obligations placed on the Landlord with these Regulations:
- to test the Electrical Installations in Rented Property at least once every five years (the time between tests will be stated on the Electrical Report you are provided with);
- to keep those Electrical Installations up to standard during a period of occupation;
- to give an existing Electrical Certificate to a tenant before he/she enters into occupation; and
- to give an Electrical Certificate to a prospective tenant within 28 days of request
Enforcement and Fines
The Legislation is enforced by your local council in which the property resides within. Councils have the authority to impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 if the Regulations are breached. Multiple breaches are punishable by multiple penalties.
How can CW Electrical help you meet the regulations?
We’ve had 30 years experience working with both Private Landlords and Letting Agencies to ensure their portfolio of properties are up to date with the latest edition of the Wiring Regulations. As NICEIC Approved Contractors you can be safe in the knowledge that we will provide you with a comprehensive Electrical Condition Report with a complete breakdown of what will need to be rectified to ensure you abide with the current Legislation.
This Report will include a section detailing the scope of the remedial works required (if any). Each discrepancy will be assigned a code,
C1 – ‘ Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.’
C2 – ‘Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required.’
C3 – ‘Improvement recommended.’
FI -‘ Further investigation required without delay.’
When you receive your report from us, we will also provide you with a quotation detailing the costs of rectifying each discrepancy which will allow you to receive a satisfactory report. All C1, C2 and FI observations must be fixed and investigated to receive a satisfactory report. However, we would encourage you to include the C3 recommendations as this will usually increase the life of the Electrical Installation.