Electrical Safety Standards

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were passed by Parliament on 18 March 2020.

The regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 and form part of the Governments wider work to improve safety in all residential premises and particularly in the private rented sector. These regulations apply to all new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.

What does this mean?

Private landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out in accordance with the eighteenth edition of the wiring regulations BS 7671:2018 (the national standard to which all domestic wiring must conform). These new regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.

Proven breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

For further information please contact Scott Gillie, head of Residential Lettings in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 01289 304432 or s.gillie@edwin-thompson.co.uk.