The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
As of June 1st 2020 the UK Government has updated regulations regarding The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England).
The regulations state that Landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), must ensure every electrical installation in their residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of no more than 5 years, by a qualified and competent person.
When do the new regulations apply?
- From the 1st July 2020 for all new tenancies
- From the 1st April 2021 for all existing tenancies
As a Landlord, what do I need to do?
Following the inspection and testing a landlord must:
1. Obtain a report that includes the results of the inspection and test and the date of the next inspection and test.
2. Supply a copy of that report to each existing tenant at the property within 28 calendar days of the inspection and test.
3. Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant before the tenant moves in and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request in writing for the report.
4. Retain a copy of the report until the next inspection and test is due and supply a copy to the person carrying out the next inspection and test.
What happens if the report states further work is required?
If the Electrical Installation Safety Report states further work is required, the Landlord must ensure the work is carried out by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection or the period specified in the report, if this is less than 28 days.
What happens if a Landlord does not comply?
Local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 if they find a Landlord is in breach of their duty.
I’m a Landlord with Manning Stainton, what does this mean for me?
If you are a new Landlord with Manning Stainton and have provided us with the relevant documents, these will be updated on our systems accordingly.
If you are a current Landlord we must ensure your property is compliant by April 2021. In order to do so, going forward the process will be carried out at the renewal of each tenancy.
As we approach the deadline, for properties with tenants in situ who have not renewed their tenancy, we will arrange for one of our engineers to attend the property to carry out the assessment.
What will this cost me?
The costs have been listed below for our contractor to carry out the assessment. If you wish to use you own contractor you need to call Manning Stainton Property Management and advise us as soon as possible.
✓ We carry out a Internal inspection of a minimum 50% of accessories (Sockets, Switches, Lights etc)
✓ We will provide a Full written report of EICR.
✓ We will carry out a Full test of up to 6 x circuits charged at £140.00 plus VAT.
✓ Any additional circuits over 6 will be charged at £15.00 plus VAT per circuit.
✓ We will also offer a half-priced retest if required on unsatisfactory properties once any remedial works have been carried out.
If the works are minor and can be carried out at the testing appointment we will carry out the works unless you advise otherwise. This will be charged at an hourly rate at £30 per hour.
If you have any more questions regarding the changes to the Electrical Safety Regulations please contact our Property Management Team who will be happy to answer your questions.
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