Live Wire – Mandatory Electrical Safety

News at Townends | 19/03/2019


Live Wire – Mandatory Electrical Safety for all rented properties – coming soon!

Electrical safety has been at the forefront of most Lettings Agents minds for many years now, with unclear directives as to what standard of electrical safety is proof enough to ensure that the property is electrically safe.  Whilst most agents have deemed “the only way to know its safe is to have it tested by means of an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) its been challenging to enforce on Landlords who quite rightly point out, the law does not state this type of certification is required.

Last month, the topic of electrical safety inspections made headlines when the Government announced that it intends to press ahead with plans first announced last year to introduce regulations requiring landlords to undertake five yearly safety checks of electrical installations in their properties.

While no date has been announced for this, the Government has announced that it intends to introduce this new legislation on a phased basis, starting with new tenancies, as soon as Parliamentary time allows

There as been a gradual move towards mandatory safety checks with HMOs and Licensing stipulating a five yearly mandatory electrical installation safety checks for all private rented properties indicating that Mandatory checks for all Landlords will soon be inevitable.

Currently the Independent recommendations for electrical safety include:

  • 5 yearly mandatory electrical installation safety checks for all private rented properties.
  • Mandatory safety certificates confirming installation checks have been completed along with any necessary repair work provided to both landlord and tenants at the beginning of the tenancy and made available to the local authority on request.
  • A private rented sector electrical testing competent person’s scheme should be established to ensure properly trained experts undertake this work. This would be separate from existing building regulations competent person.
  • Landlord supplied electrical appliance testing and visual checks of electrical appliances by landlords at a change of tenancy should be promoted as good practice and set out in guidance.

With the Homes fit for Human Habitation Act coming into force on 20th March this year, and no clear guide on Electrical safety it becomes even more apparent that mandatory Electrical Certification is required. Dangerous electrics can contribute to a serious risk of fire, extreme cold, and insufficient lighting.

Even in the absence of a Mandatory check, Landlords who neglect Electrical Safety could therefore find enforcement notice taken against them and risk fines of up to £30,000.

As soon as the Government make an announcement as to what it requires of Landlords we will update our Landlords to ensure continued compliance.

Townends’ Fully Managed Plus Landlords are guided by our lettings experts to ensure that their let is always compliant. We will constantly keep you abreast of all changes and assist you with booking the necessary checks. If you want a hassle free and compliant let – get in touch now to find out more about Townends Fully Managed Plus.