What does this mean?
Subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament, landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.
The Regulations require landlords to ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.
The landlord is required to obtain a report which gives the results of the inspection and test, supply that report to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.
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ARLA Propertymark represented members on the Government’s Electrical Safety Working Group in order to shape the new rules. We have since worked with industry representatives as part of the Electrical Safety Roundtable. We have been informed by MHCLG that the group will be meeting again very soon to finalise guidance for landlords and letting agents.
ARLA are supportive of this concept and believe it will create a level playing field for all agents and landlords as well as ensuring improved safety standards for tenants. Mandating inspecting and testing of every fixed electrical installation should have a limited impact on good professional landlords and agents in the market, many of whom already voluntarily undertake these inspections.
ARLA did raise concerns about the number of engineers available to undertake these reports by the April 2021 deadline but have received assurances from MHCLG about capacity in the supply chain.
The above text has been taken from a recent Propertymark announcement