It is vital landlords provide a safe rental property for tenants. There is a wide range of regulations landlords must comply with to ensure this happens. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 is set to be the newest addition to the long list of regulations landlords must consider.
From 1 July 2020, all new tenancies must have an electrical certificate in place at the rental property. The inspection work must be carried out by a registered electrician.
The certificate is usually valid for five years, but sometimes the report will recommend the landlord updates the certification sooner. The landlord should comply with the date which comes first.
Landlords should be aware of matters changing quickly in the rental market
For existing tenancies, landlords have a bit more time, but they shouldn’t feel as though this is an excuse to overlook the matter. 1 April 2021 is the date all existing tenancies must comply with the regulations. If a landlord has existing tenants in place, and they are settled, the landlord may not feel as though there is a rush to carry out the work.
However, if a tenant decides to move out, and a new tenant moves in at short notice, landlords may have to act quickly. If the new tenant moves in on or after 1 July 2020, the new regulations are in place, and the rental accommodation must have a safety certificate in place.
Landlords should communicate effectively with tenants on safety matters
When a landlord receives the safety certificate, it should be provided to tenants within 28 days. For a new tenancy, landlords should provide tenants with a copy before the lease begins. Prospective tenants have the right to request a copy of the certificate from the landlord when they are viewing the rental property.
Local authorities have the right to request a copy of the certificate, and this should be provided in seven days.
Remedial work must be carried out quickly
When the safety report recommends improvements be made, remedial action should be carried out in 28 days. However, sometimes the report may recommend the changes happen in a shorter time, and if so, landlords should follow the date which comes first.
When satisfactory improvements have been carried out, landlords should receive confirmation of the upgrade. A copy of this confirmation should be provided to tenants in 28 days.
The penalties for failing to comply with the regulations are strict. Landlords face a fine of up to £30,000, which is imposed by the local council.
We know landlords have a lot to consider, but if you are a Greenwich landlord looking for assistance, we are here to help you. We are pleased to say we have assisted many local landlords to care for their rental property, and this includes complying with regulations. Get in touch with Hunters Greenwich today if you are keen to care for your rental property and tenants in an effective manner.