Within the private renting sector, it is the role of the landlord to ensure that their properties are safe for all residents. Electrical safety has recently come into the limelight, with the passing of the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Sector (England) Regulations. One of the most significant introductions with this new legislation is the 5-year testing regulations. In this blog, we will explain what this means for both the landlord and the tenant.
Who Is Responsible For Electrical Safety In Private Renting?
Property safety has long been regarded as the responsibility of the landlord. If you are providing electrical devices and equipment for tenants, it is best practice to make sure each one has been tested and checked in advance. The new regulations have been introduced to make this a legal requirement, putting the onus on the landlord to make sure everybody is kept safe at all times.
What Is The 5-Year Testing Regulation?
As of July 1st 2020 for private tenancies and April 1st 2021 for current tenancies, landlords must:
- Ensure that all fixed electrical installations in a property be inspected and tested.
- Ensure testing takes place every 5 years.
- Provide a written report from the professional conducting the inspection to the tenant.
- Supply a copy of this report to each existing tenant in the property within 28 days of inspection.
- Supply a copy of the report to the local authority within 7 days.
- Keep a copy of the report filed safely until the next inspection.
What Happens If Faults Are Detected?
If, during the testing process, reports are detected, the relevant landlord must:
- Enlist the support of a qualified professional to investigate or initiate repairs within 28 days of the inspection.
- Gain written confirmation that repairs and investigations have been carried out.
- Gain written confirmation that all electrical safety standards have been met.
- Provide documentation or written confirmation to each existing tenant within 28 days of the work being undertaken.
- Provide the original report, detailing any further work that is required.
New Electrical Installations
You do not need to have an electrical test carried out on any new electrical installation that has been supplied with an existing certificate. This will meet the regulations for 5 years from the date of issue. Once this has expired, the landlord will need to organise a new inspection that includes this installation.
Here at MJH Electricals, we have over 11 years of experience supporting domestic and commercial clients with their electrical testing requirements. Our team can support you in gaining the right certification for these new regulations. For more information or to speak to a member of the team, give us a call on 01278 322816 or contact us via email here today.