New landlord legislation

Published: 10 March 2020

Housing estate

The government is introducing mandatory electrical installation inspections for all private rented homes.

Compulsory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rented sector are being introduced with a start date from July 2020, subject to parliamentary approval.

The draft regulations propose that, from 1 July 2020, all new private tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person prior to the start of a new tenancy.

The landlord will then be required to ensure that the installation is inspected and tested at least every five years and more regularly if the most recent safety report identifies additional testing and inspection is required.

For existing tenancies, there will  be an additional year to become compliant where the electrical safety test will need to be carried out by 1 April 2021 therefore the rules will apply to all properties across the private rented sector by April 2021

The draft legislation can be found online.

In order to ensure you are update to date on all the latest news and legalisation, you can join Derby City Council’s DASH Landlord Accreditation.

It is free to join and provides recognition to landlords who are working hard to ensure they are correctly following guidelines and providing a good service to tenants.

For more information visit the DASH services website or  contact Linda Cobb on 01332 640324.

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