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Thu 2 July 2020
Electrical Safety Regulations - England
On 1st June 2020, new regulations came into force requiring landlords of residential properties, including farmhouses let under the Agricultural Holding Act (AHAs) and Agricultural Tenancies Act (FBTs), to have an electrical safety test carried out every five years.
The regulations will come into play for new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.
The safety test is required to be carried out by a qualified person/electrician and prior to any new tenancy commencing.
All properties let under Assured Shorthold Tenancies, Assured Tenancies and Rent Act tenancies will fall under this regulation.
As a reputable letting agent, we have already been complying to this regulation prior to it becoming legislation, and we also advise that a visual electrical safety test is carried out in between the change of tenants, within the 5-year period, as good practice.
The qualified person will provide a report of the findings after their inspection, a copy of which has to be provided to the tenant within 28 days, and a copy retained on file until the next inspection is carried out.
If remedial works are recommended within the inspection report, the landlord must ensure that this work is carried out within 28 days of the date of inspection and an updated report issued and presented to the tenant within a further 28 days.
It is advised, landlords, with a number of residential let properties that a qualified electrician is instructed to carry out the inspections to ensure the properties are compliant by the deadline of 1st April 2021.
For further information on this new regulation and how it affects you, or to ensure you are compliant to all the other legislation that is associated with let property, please contact one your local McCartneys’ professionals.
Joanna Wall, BSc (Hons) MRICS MNAEA MARLA MNAVA FAAV
Craven Arms Office (01588 672385)