Electrical safety

Landlords must ensure the electrical wiring and appliances in the property are safe and any electrical works are carried out by a registered electrician.

The Electrical Safety First website has advice and information for landlords and tenants.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 are designed to ensure electrical safety within the private rented sector in England. They place a number of duties upon a landlord.

Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:

  • ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671
  • ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every five years
  • obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test
  • supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test
  • supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises
  • supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report
  • supply the local authority with a copy of this report within seven days of receiving a request for a copy
  • retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test
  • where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report
  • supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works together with the inital report that required further investigative or remedial works within 28 days to:

The regulations apply where a tenancy has been created since 1 June 2020 and to all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.

Enforcement:

The local authority may:

  • require the provision of information
  • require a landlord to undertake testing/remedial works
  • arrange remedial works, including urgent remedial works and recover their expenses
  • issue a fine up to £30,000 where the duties are not met.

Our Electrical Safety Policy is available on our Policies page.

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