Landlords Reminded About New Electrical Safety Rules

As of the 1st July 2020 new tenancies must ensure the national electrical safety standards set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’ (British Standard 7671) are met.

But who do these regulations apply to?

The regulations apply to private landlords for all new specified tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. An ‘existing specified tenancy’ means a tenancy for a specified period of time that was granted before the regulations come into force, whereas a ‘new specified tenancy’ means a tenancy specified for a period of time granted on or after these regulations come into force.

In the UK, any property that is privately owned and being rented out as housing is classified as Private Rented Sector and the owner is considered to be the landlord. This includes houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), with the new regulations replacing the existing requirements for electrical testing of HMOs. A house is considered to be an HMO when it has at least three tenants forming more than one household, with the tenants sharing a toilet, bathroom or kitchen with the other tenants.

There are some tenancies that are excluded from the scope of the new regulations.

These include:

  • 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
  • hostels
  • refuges
  • care homes
  • hospitals
  • hospices
  • other accommodation relating to healthcare provision.

What is required under the new legislation?

Under the new regulations, private landlords and HMOs are required to ensure that:

  • Ensure national electrical safety standards set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’ (British Standard 7671) are met.
  • Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
  • Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
  • Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
  • Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
  • Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
  • Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
  • Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
  • Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
  • Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.

Who can carry out inspection and testing?

It’s important that the person carrying out the inspection and testing is competent to do so. The term ’qualified person’ is used throughout the new regulations to define a person who is competent to undertake the inspection and testing and any subsequent remedial works.

To find out more about what checks need to be carried out regarding these new electrical safety regulations, contact me and I will be more than happy to offer you advice and guidance.  

 

Thank you for reading,

Nigel Adams

info@nigeladamselectrical.co.uk 

01483 232 066

 

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