The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 is being brought by the government this year, subject to approval from both houses of parliament.

The new regulations will apply from the 1st July 2020 to all new tenancies and then from the 1st April 2021 to all existing tenancies.

Landlords and Agents will have to ensure that all electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified person every five years.

Landlords will be required to provide a copy of a satisfactorily report to any prospective tenant before their occupation or to any existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection.

Full details will be confirmed once the legislation is through the House of Lords.

If landlords have not previously had an electrical safety test we would recommend arranging one as soon as you can rather than leaving it until the government cut-off dates.