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    New Electrical Safety Regulations for Residential Tenancies

    Summary

    Commercial Property Solicitor Lydia Willox looks at the implications of the upcoming changes to Electrical Safety Regulations.

    On 1 June new regulations will come into force for electrical safety standards.

    The regulations, which will apply to England only, will require private landlords who grant specified residential tenancies to ensure that the let property meets the standards for electrical installations set out in the 2018 edition of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Wiring Regulations.

    This will include ensuring that all electrical installations in the property are inspected and tested by a qualified person at regular intervals of no more than 5 years and supplying copies of the resulting inspection report to each tenant and their local housing authority.

    The regulations will only apply to specified tenancies, i.e. tenancies of residential premises granted to one or more person as their main or only residence and which provide for payment of rent. They will also only apply to tenancies granted on or after 1 July 2020.

    Landlords of existing specified tenancies (i.e. tenancies granted pre-1 July 2020) will have until 1 April 2021 to comply with the code.

    Excluded tenancies include social housing tenancies, tenancies under the terms of which the landlord or a member of the landlord’s family occupies the property, leases of over 7 years with no break right, student halls of residence, hostels, refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices.

    In order to comply Landlords will, amongst other things, have to ensure that the first electrical installation test is carried out before a new tenancy starts in the case of new tenancies and must provide their new tenant with a copy of the report within 28 days of the inspection.

    Where a private landlord fails to comply with their obligations under the new regulations local authorities will have the power to require the landlord to undertake remedial action and issue fines of up to £30,000.

    Should you have any questions regarding the above information, or need any commercial property related legal advice, please get in contact with Lydia Willox, at lydia.willox@seddons.co.uk or on 020 7725 8084, or your existing Seddons contact.

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