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Electrical safety standards move closer to implementation

Article Posted - 21st October 2019

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has provided authorisation to help introduce the regulations required for electrical safety standards— section 122 and 123 – under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The provisions to create regulation will take effect on 25 October 2019.

The authorisation means that work can begin to create regulations that will impose duties on private landlords with residential properties in England, to ensure that electrical safety standards are met during a tenancy and that they can be enforced.

The Act confirms that the regulations may make provisions about how and when the checks are carried out and who is qualified to carry out the checks. They may also require landlords to obtain a certificate from the qualified person confirming that electrical safety standards are met and a copy of the certificate to be given to an existing or prospective tenant or any other specified person.

This update comes 10 months after the Government published its response on its approach to electrical safety in the private rented sector. The NLA welcomed the response which followed guidance that we shaped as a member of the Electrical Safety Working Group which was set up by the Government.

What you can do

Landlords are encouraged to continue carrying out five yearly checks as well as visual inspections between tenancies.  


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