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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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?