Electrical Safety Standards Regulations 2020 – In a Nutshell

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 come into force on 1st June 2020 and apply to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

Overview

Landlords must ensure that the standards for electrical installations in the eighteenth edition of the Wiring Regulations are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a tenancy.

First Inspection and Testing

For new tenancies (including renewals), the first inspection and test must be carried out before the tenancy commences. For existing tenancies, the first inspection and test must be carried out by 1st April 2021.

Inspection and Testing Intervals

Inspection and testing must be carried out at intervals of no more than 5 years or where the most recent inspection and test report requires inspection and testing to be at intervals of less than 5 years, at the intervals specified in that report.

Inspection and Test Reports

Landlords must:

• Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test;
• Supply a copy of that report to each existing tenant of the premises within 28 days of the inspection and test;
• Supply a copy of that report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority;
• Retain a copy of that report until the next inspection and test is due and supply a copy to the person carrying out the next inspection and test;
• Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant before the tenant occupies the premises;
• Supply a copy of the most recent report to any prospective tenant (1) within 28 days of receiving a request in writing for it.

Remedial Work

Where an inspection and test report indicates that an installation does not meet or potentially does not meet the standards for electrical installations in the eighteenth edition of the Wiring Regulations and the report requires further investigative or remedial work, landlords must (2):

• Ensure that the investigative or remedial work is carried out within 28 days or the period specified in the report if less than 28 days, starting with the date of the inspection and testing.
• Obtain written confirmation from a qualified person that the further investigative or remedial work has been carried out and that the standards for electrical installations in the eighteenth edition of the Wiring Regulations are met or further investigative or remedial work is required.
• Supply that written confirmation, together with a copy of the report which required the further investigative or remedial work to each existing tenant of the residential premises within 28 days of completion of the further investigative or remedial work;
• Supply that written confirmation, together with a copy of the report which required the further investigative or remedial work to the local housing authority within 28 days of completion of the further investigative or remedial work.
• Where further investigative work is carried out is that further investigative or remedial work is required, the must repeat the steps above in respect of that further investigative or remedial work.

1. A prospective tenant is a person who requests information about the premises, makes a request to view the premises or makes an offer to rent those premises.
2. According to the UK government guide for landlords, further remedial work is not required for observations with Classification Code C3.

Further Reading

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
Guide for landlords: electrical safety standards in the private rented sector

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