As of October 2019, landlords are now one step closer to the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks for private rented properties.
The new regulations will be introduced very soon and will ensure that electrical safety standards are met in a property under the landlord’s ownership, while a tenancy is in place.
Once these new regulations have been introduced, there will be financial penalties for any of the new safety standards that aren’t adhered to.
This is a summary of the Electrical Safety recommendations that landlords will need to meet:
- Five yearly mandatory electrical installation checks should be set out in secondary legislation.
- Visual checks of the safety of the electrical installation by landlords at a change of tenancy should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.
- A report should be issued to the landlord which confirms that an EICR has been completed along with confirmation that any remedial work necessary has been undertaken satisfactorily. A copy should be issued to the tenant at the beginning of the tenancy and should be made available to local authorities on request.
- Landlord supplied electrical appliance testing and visual checks of electrical appliances by landlords at a change of tenancy should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.
- The installation of Residual Current Devices (RCDs) by landlords should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.
- A Private Rented Sector electrical testing competent person’s scheme should be set up which would be separate from existing Building Regulations competent person’s scheme.
- DCLG should commission the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) management committee to consider the most effective method of recognising ‘competent PRS testers’ to carry out electrical inspections and tests.
- Legislative requirements should be phased in, beginning with new tenancies, followed by all existing tenancies.