Richmondshire District Council

New electrical testing legislation

Private landlords are being alerted to new legislation covering electrical testing, which comes into play next month (June 1).

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require all private landlords to get a qualified person to inspect and test all fixed electrical installations in their rented properties at least every five years.

Tests must be carried out before new tenancies start – and in the case of existing tenancies, by 1 April 2021. Landlords who do not comply with these new legal regulations can risk a fine of up to £30,000.

Landlords must obtain a written report from the electrician and provide a copy of the report to the tenant.

If the report identifies a fault, or potential fault, the landlord must arrange for a qualified person to carry out a further investigation or repair within 28 days of the inspection, or sooner if the report recommends this.

“We urge landlords not to leave this to the last minute as there is likely to be a high demand for electricians to undertake this work over the next 12 months,” said Richmondshire District Council Environmental Health Officer, Janice Johnston.

“The Government has advised that this work, along with gas safety checks and other emergency work, will not be delayed because of coronavirus. But we ask landlords to make sure that the work is undertaken using all appropriate measures to prevent the spread of the virus.”

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