Electrical safety standards now apply to all rental properties
- 26th March 2021
- Landlord Property News
Landlords must ensure that electric fittings are regularly checked
Electrical safety standards that were introduced for new tenancies in July 2020, will be extended to apply to every privately rented property in England from April 1st 2021.
Under the regulations, landlords will have to ensure that properties are fully compliant with safety standards. They will be obliged to make sure that safety checks of electrical fittings, including sockets, fuse boxes and wirings are carried out every five years by a qualified electrician.
After checks have been carried out, landlords must provide tenants with a full copy of the report. If any remedial work is required, the landlord should hire qualified professionals to fix any faults and complete the work within 28 days of the original inspection. Once this work has been carried out, landlords must supply tenants as well as the local housing authority, with written confirmation that this work has taken place, along with a copy of the report.
Failure to comply with regulations could lead to penalties of up to £30,000 being issued against landlords. To date ludlowthompson have completed 618 electrical safety inspections since the new regulations came in to effect, and are available at all times to assist with this process.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson says: “Whether you are a seasoned landlord with a large portfolio or a first-time investor, it’s absolutely crucial to keep up to date with the new electrical safety standards.”
“The overwhelming majority of landlords are diligent in making sure their properties are safe and are proactive when it comes to repair work. By ensuring that checks are carried out on a regular basis, landlords will be aware of any risks to their properties and will be able to take action to rectify these, ensuring they retain their tenants’ confidence, thereby delivering higher total returns in the long run.”
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Whether you are a seasoned landlord with a large portfolio or a first-time investor, it’s absolutely crucial to keep up to date with the new electrical safety standards
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