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Electrical Regulations by Pocket Watch Assistant

Last year the Electrical Safety Regulations were updated. Most landlords proactively ensure the safety of their tenants. However, some have failed to do so.

The regulations now require you to:

  • Ensure electrical safety standards are met
  • Ensure electrical installations in rented properties are inspected/tested by qualified engineers at least every 5 years
  • Obtain a report, supplying to existing tenants within 28 days of test
  • Supply a copy to new tenants
  • Supply the local authority with a copy within 7 days of request
  • Remedial works completed within 28 days
  • Written confirmation of remedial works from electrician within 28 days of completion

Regulations apply to:

  • New tenancies as of June 2020
  • Existing tenancies as of April 2021
  • If a tenant occupies a property as their only or main residence/pays rent – regulations apply, includes HMO’s

Testing:

  • All fixed electrical parts
  • New builds/rewires

PAT tests – are not a legal requirement, but you are responsible for ensuring your appliances are safe. It is good practice to obtain tests for furnished properties.⁣⁣⁣⁣

Tenants are responsible for their own electrical appliances.⁣⁣⁣

Exempt:

  • Private landlord providing social housing
  • Lodgers living with the landlord
  • Long leases
  • Student halls of residence
  • Hostels and refuges
  • Care homes, hospitals/health care accommodation

Nitty-gritty:

  • Managing your properties yourself?⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • Tests, procedures and records in place?⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • When is your next property test due? If you don’t have a system in place, it’s pretty easy to miss a due test

How would it feel:⁣⁣

  • To have a simple management system
  • Know what tests are due/when⁣⁣
  • No need to worry about instructing a test⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Well…

  • I previously instructed/recorded the testing, various services/repairs of 200+ properties!⁣⁣
  • If you don’t use a system, a spreadsheet will do the trick!⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • Do you need a hand implementing or managing services?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

I would love to have a chat about how I can assist you with your property services.

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