Mandatory five-yearly safety inspections of electrical installations will be introduced for residential let properties in England. The regulations will apply to new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.
New regulations have been laid before parliament in draft this month and are likely to be passed in April. The Electrical Safety Standards fall within the Private Rental Sector Regulations 2020.
The regulations will be applicable to properties that are due to be re-let after 1st July 2020 and do not have an electrical safety inspection report dated within the last 5 years. We recommend that landlords undertake testing in advance of the 1st July deadline in order to comply with the new regulations. The draft bill is looking to bring in regulations for existing let residential properties from April 2021.
The details of the draft bill can be seen on the Government website http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934/data.pdf