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Electrical safety standards update 2021

As you know, the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector came into force for all new tenancies in July 2020. We are quickly moving to the second deadline for these standards, which apply to rental properties, so we wanted to update you to ensure that you are ready.

From 1st April 2021, landlords need to ensure that all fixed electrical installations are safe and maintained correctly for existing properties.  To read the full details of this legislation, click on this link – Guide for landlords: electrical safety standards in the private rented sector.

Propertymark has published more detailed FAQs which cover the basics to help you achieve full compliance – Electrical Safety Standards: FAQ for landlords. Below we have listed three FAQs we think we need to know.

  • What type of tenancies are included?

The regulations apply to all tenancies in residential properties, which include:

  • Assured Shorthold Tenancies
  • Assured Tenancies
  • Licences to occupy
  • Secure Tenancies
  • Regulated Tenancies
  • Rent act tenancies
  • Rent agriculture tenancies
  • Non-housing act tenancies
  • What are the electrical safety standards?

All fixed electrical cables and equipment will need an inspection and test by a qualified person in accordance with the 18th edition of the wiring regulations.

This includes appliances that are fixed directly to the electrical supply, such as showers or fitted kitchen appliances.  Once a qualified person has carried out their inspection and tests, they will provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Should an EICR fail, a landlord has 28 days to rectify any remedial works needed to bring the electrical installation up to a satisfactory standard.

Guidance has been produced by the electrical safety industry that covers how landlords can choose a qualified and competent inspector and tester. This includes but is not limited to this list – Registered Competent Person.

  • What is the penalty for breaching the rules?

Local authorities can issue a fine of up to £30,000. Before imposing a financial penalty, the local authority must serve a Notice of Intent within six months from when the landlord is in breach outlining the amount, reasons and right to appeal.

April 1st 2021 is obviously very close now, so if you need any further compliance information, then we are more than happy to offer advice. Our Managed service landlords can have peace of mind we are handling these certificates.

You can contact us by calling 0115 704 3163 or 01623 277115. Alternatively, you can email us via our contact us page – click here.


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