What Landlords Must Know About Electrical Checks in Rental Properties

On 1 June 2020, new legislation in England was passed that directly affects landlords in the private sector. 

As with any new safety regulations, reading the fine print can be confusing. If you don’t, though, you could be in hot water. But don’t worry – that’s why we’re here. 

The safety of your tenants ought to be your first priority, and our main goal at Kentish Electricians is to make the compliance process as simple as possible! That’s why we’ve compiled all the need-to-know knowledge about these new electrical checks in one place. 

What Has This New Legislation Changed?

First, let’s dive into the specifics of the update. Landlords previously had the option of whether or not to get regular electrical checks. Now, these checks are mandatory.

This means that landlords must get every electrical installation on their premises tested/checked by a qualified individual once every five years. These checks just happen to be our speciality, and you can view a full list of our services here.

If your tenancy began anytime on or after 1 July 2020, then this updated legislation is already in effect and you are required to comply immediately. For all existing tenancies, the deadline to begin compliance was 1 April 2021.

Clearly, both of these dates have already passed. Therefore, you can safely assume that all tenancies in your operation should be provided with these electrical checks.

What Should I Do as a Landlord?

By hiring a trusted electrician, like Kentish Electricians, to complete your checks, they’ll worry about complying with the specificities of the new regulation so that you don’t have to. So you can sit back, relax, and they’ll provide you with a detailed report once they’re finished. The report, or certificate, will outline the results of your inspection and give you a date by which you must complete the next test. 

This report must be supplied to every tenant within a month of the test (28 days, to be exact). You’ll want to keep another copy of the report for your own records. 

If a law enforcement agency writes to request a copy of the said report, you must supply it within one week. If you lose or misplace your certificate, you can follow these steps to obtain a new one. 

What if Landlords Don’t Comply?

It’s important to remember why this legislation was implemented: to provide an extra safety measure for your tenants. All landlords should welcome compliance with these standards! 

However, if one chooses not to comply for some reason, they risk being fined thousands of pounds. Don’t worry, though, because you’ll likely receive a 28-day notice before any meaningful action is taken.  

We’re Here to Help Landlords

There you have it, all the details you need to know about the new legislation regarding electrical checks. Landlords should consider Kentish Electricians when scheduling your mandatory testing. 

We understand that you may still have questions, so check out our FAQ page to quickly find answers. If your question isn’t there, shoot us a message, and one of our qualified professionals will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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