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Housing standards

Electrical safety

Landlords must ensure the fixed electrical installations in their properties are inspected and tested at least every 5 years by a competent electrician. The initial inspections need to be carried out before any new tenancy is granted from 1 July 2020, and 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.

Electrical Safety Report

Landlords are required to provide their tenants with electrical safety reports: in the case of new tenants, before they move in; to existing tenants within 28 days of receiving it; and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of their request to view the report.

Local Authority’s Powers

The Council has the power to demand sight of the report and the landlord must provide this within 7 days of the request. Failure to do so could result in a penalty charge.

If the Council has reasonable grounds to believe that the landlord is in breach of the Regulations, it also has the power to serve a remedial notice on the landlord to compel them to comply with the Regulations.

Landlords have 28 days to remedy the breach, and if the work is not carried out in time then the Council has the power to carry out the required works themselves (on providing prior written notice to the landlord) and recover their costs from the landlord.

Landlords failing to provide tenants with an electrical safety report at the start of their tenancies will be in breach of the regulations and may face a civil penalty of up to a maximum of £30,000, with the potential for multiple penalties to be imposed for a continuing failure.