New regulations came into force on 1st of June 2020 and form part of the government’s wider work to improve safety in all residential premises and particularly in the private rented sector.
These regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.
This means that all landlords now have to do what good landlords already do: make sure the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe.
Which rented properties do the Electrical Safety Regulations apply to?
They apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. The relevant date for determining when the new requirements apply is the date on which the tenancy is granted. A new tenancy is one that was granted on or after 1 June 2020.
Michael Wood Electrical ensure that all its electricians are Part P qualified and registered with the Part P Competent Persons Scheme.
We strongly recommend that any Landlord, regardless of whether they see themselves as running a business or not, should make absolutely sure they are complying with these regulations to ensure that all electrical equipment supplied is safe. In order to do this we recommend:
• Annual visual inspections by the landlord or agent – recording this on a safety checklist.
• Inspections on tenant change-overs, recording electrical equipment, its condition and fuses fitted.
• Periodic inspections of electrical equipment by a qualified electrician.
• 5 yearly inspections by a qualified electrician to ensure safety and that the electrical system complies with current electrical regulations.
• Keep all records of these inspections.
Certification & Checklists
As well as providing detailed certification and diagrams upon completion of our landlord services it is important to note that you are advised to make visual inspections yourself as a landlord or agent in residential properties (record on a safety checklist) and have periodic checks carried out by a qualified electrician.
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