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.


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