Five-year safety checks will be mandatory for landlords for all new tenancies from July 1 this year.
This will be rolled out to all existing tenancies from April 2021.
The new regulations were tabled today (MON), requiring pre-tenancy and five yearly checks of all fixed appliances and wiring.
Landlords failing to comply with the new rules will face fines of up to £30,000.
Under the Housing and Planning bill the Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on whether to introduce mandatory testing of electrical installations in the PRS.
The electrical industry is pushing for five yearly electrical installation condition reports (EICR)
The association is currently campaigning for the mandatory installation of residual current devices (RCDs) to protect the occupant from electric shocks from the installation and any appliances and extension leads connected to it.
When the RCD is fitted the installation would need testing and the electrician would then recommend a suitable frequency for future testing based on the condition of the installation and tenant use.
Once the electrical installation has been tested, the landlord needs to receive a written report from the inspector, with the results and next inspection date. They must then:
- Give a copy of the report to tenants within 28 days
- Give a copy to the local authority, if it asks for one, within seven days
- Keep a copy and give it to the person carrying out the next inspection.
For new tenancies, the landlord must:
- Give the tenant a copy of the most recent report before they move in
- Give a copy of the most recent report to any prospective new tenant who asks for it in writing, within 28 days