Elec­trical Safety Stand­ards in the Private Ren­ted Sec­tor Reg­u­la­tions 2020

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.


Through our membership of BEAMA, and together with other organisations, we have for a long time been campaigning to improve electrical safety standards in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).


The new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 were made on 18 March 2020 and will apply to all new tenancies on 1 July 2020 and for existing tenancies on 1 April 2021.


The Electrical Safety Regulations will require private landlords to:

  • Ensure that electrical installation safety standards are met. “Electrical safety standards” means the standards for electrical installations in the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, BS 7671: 2018
  • Have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years;
  • Provide a copy of the report (known as the Electrical Safety Condition Report or EICR) to their tenants, and to the local authority if requested.
  • Ensure that any further investigative or remedial work is carried out by a qualified person.


The English Housing Survey Headline Report highlights, that in 2018-19, the private rented sector accounted for 4.6 million or 19% of households.