Landlords face mandatory electrical safety regulations

AFS Team·29 January 2020·4 min read
Landlords face mandatory electrical safety regulations

Landlords face mandatory electrical safety regulations

Landlords in England will have mandatory electrical safety regulations introduced by the government this year.

The government says that all rental homes will have compulsory five-year electrical safety checks being implemented from July with landlords facing a fine of up to £30,000 if they breach the regulations.

The plans are yet to receive Parliamentary approval but essentially from 1 July, all new private tenancies will need to have the electrical installation inspected and tested by a qualified electrician before the tenancy begins.

The landlord will then need to ensure that the electrical installations are then inspected and tested every five years at least - or more regularly if the most recent safety report demands this.

For landlords with existing tenancies, they have until 1 April 2021 for the electrical safety test to be carried out.

Landlords must comply with the new regulations

These will be regular tests and landlords must comply with the new regulations which will be enforced across all private rental sector homes.

Arla Propertymark's chief executive, David Cox, said: "We support the concept and believe a level playing field for all landlords and agents will be created and ensure tenant safety is improved.

"The mandating of electrical testing will have a limited impact on those professional and good landlords and agents - many of whom will undertake voluntarily these inspections."

He added that Arla has raised the issue about the availability of qualified electrical inspectors to carry out the work and they have been reassured by the government that there are enough electricians available to undertake the mandatory testing.

Tenants suffer from 'housing worries'

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that tenants are struggling with higher levels of stress than homeowners because they worry over housing.

The survey from Shelter found that some tenants are falling ill due to worrying about their insecure housing in the country's private rental sector.

The charity suggests that for tenants renting privately, this could be harmful to their health.

The findings highlight that 24% of tenants say housing worries or problems include affording to pay the rent, living in poor conditions or worrying they will lose their tenancy.

‘No tenant should feel stressed or ill’

In response, the Residential Landlords' Association (RLA) says no tenant should feel stressed or ill because of their housing situation, whether it's in the social or private rental sector or even if they own their own home.

However, the RLA is urging caution for those who claim to represent tenants as they may be fuelling a tenant's stress by giving a false impression that landlords are always looking to evict tenants or increasing rents.

The RLA says official statistics reveal that 84% of those in the private rental sector are either fairly or very satisfied with their accommodation - that is a higher proportion than those tenants who live in the social rented sector.