With the rules on lockdown starting to ease gradually, looking ahead to the approaching deadline which may see the lifting of the stay on issuing eviction proceeding, it is important that Landlords are aware of a new rule which comes into force today on the need to supply an electrical safety certificate in certain private rented accommodation. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 applies to specified new tenancies which commence on or after the 1st July 2020 including renewals and in relation to all existing tenancies the deadline for compliance is the 1st April 2021.
The Regulations also specify that testing must be carried out at least every 5 years but this will be subject to the expiry of the specific date on each individual certificate so Landlords must bear this in mind and ensure a new certificate is obtained when the current one has expired. Furthermore, there is a requirement that Landlords must give the tenant a copy of the report with 28 days.
The financial penalty for not complying with the Regulation is a discretionary one depending on the local authority but cannot exceed £30,000.00.
If you would like to speak to one our solicitors regarding a tenancy or if you have any other Landlord/tenant issues please contact our Litigation Department on 01273 582271
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