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Renters Better Protected From Fire Hazards - Thanks to New Regulations

Date : 21 July 2020


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Rogue landlords could face fines of up to £30,000 if they don’t comply with new regulations which came into force on (1st June 2020), designed to keep renters safe from faulty electrics and fire hazards.

Under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords must now get wiring, light fittings, plug sockets and other electrical installations in renters’ homes checked at least every five years by a “qualified and competent” person.

Landlords are already required to carry out gas safety checks every year and services have been calling for electrical safety checks to be mandatory for many years.

We are very pleased to see these new regulations come into force, which should be seen as a huge win for tenants who often have to battle with landlords to ensure their homes are safe.

Most landlords provide well-maintained and safe accommodation for their tenants, but there are those that don’t and put people’s lives at risk. So it’s a positive step that tenants now have protection and the support of local authorities if landlords don’t comply.

Sadly, we are all too aware of what the devastating consequences of faulty electrics can be and provided detailed data to the working group to shape the guidance.

As these regulations do not cover electrical appliances, only fixed electrical installations, we would urge people to ensure their appliances are safe and always register them so you can be informed if there is a fault identified.

The regulations mean: 

  • Electrical wiring, sockets, consumer units (fuse boxes) and other fixed electrical parts in rented homes must be inspected and tested every five years, or more often if the inspector thinks it necessary.
  • Throughout the whole time a tenant is living at the property, national electrical safety standards must be met.
  • Landlords must give the tenant a report that shows the condition of the property’s electrical installations. They also have to give this to the local council if they ask for it.

Inspections will find out if any electrical installations are overloaded, if there are any potential electric shock risks or fire hazards, if there is any defective electrical work and if there is a lack of earthing or bonding. If the report identifies any issues, landlords will have 28 days to carry out necessary works, or less if the inspector deems the work more urgent. 

The new regulations are in place for those who sign tenancy agreements after 1 July and your rented home is your only or main residence and you pay rent, your home is covered by these requirements. 

However, if you signed your tenancy agreement before 1 July 2020, your home will be covered from 1 April 2021. 

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