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Electrical safety regulations coming into force in 2020

Published: 23/02/2020

The government has outlined draft regulations requiring landlords and agents to have electrical inspections and testing carried out on all residential properties being let.  While the regulations still need to be approved by both the House of Commons and the Lords, it seems likely that "The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020" will shortly become law, putting extra responsibility on both landlords and agents.  Under the regulations for any new tenancy starting from 1st July 2020 onwards the property will need to have been tested and if needed brought up to standard before the tenancy commences.  For tenancies already in  place, testing and any required improvements will need to be completed by 1st April 2021.   To summarise:

  • Properties being let on new tenancies commencing from 1st July 2020 will need to be tested and have a 'satisfactory' electrical certificate for the wiring installation.
  • All properties let will need to be tested and have a 'satisfactory' certificate by 1st April 2021.
  • Testing is to be carried out at least every 5 years (or more regularly if confirmed necessary on the electrical certificate).
  • A copy of the certificate must be provided to a new tenant before occupation, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days upon request.
  • The local housing authority can impose fines for non-compliance with the regulations.
More information can be found at  or in the full draft regulations.

Thames Lettings has been arranging such electrical inspections and certificates for many years and we use qualified, tried and tested electricians.  If you require any more information or advice please do not hesitate to ask.  We will be pleased to assist.