The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1st June 2020.
Landlords must now get the electrical installation checked at least every 5 years by a properly qualified person. The electrical installation must be safe and your landlord must give you proof of this most likely in the form of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
Please note they don’t all look the same but here is a sample.
These regulations will apply to you if you :
- signed your tenancy agreement after 1 July 2020 then your home will be covered by these requirements from 1 July 2020.
- signed your tenancy agreement before 1 July 2020, your home will be covered by these requirements from 1 April 2021.
- are considering renting a property then the landlord must provide you, as a prospective tenant, with a copy of the most recent report within 28 days of your request for this.
The report will identify if any hazards were found and indicate if there is a severe hazard, potential hazards, whether further investigation is necessary or if an improvement is recommended.
More information can be found in the Government guidance for tenants including how these hazards are rated and what the ratings mean. These regulations do not apply to people who live with their landlord, sometimes known as Lodgers.
The Regulations do not cover electrical appliances, only the fixed electrical installations. It is good practice for Landlords to regularly carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) on any electrical appliance that they provide to ensure their safety. You’re responsible for making sure that any of your own electrical appliances are safe.
If the inspection has not been carried out or you have not be provided with the report you can report this to the local council who have strong legal powers. They can insist the landlord to do safety works or even do the works themselves if necessary. Local authorities also have the power to fine landlords up to £30,000 if they do not comply with their legal obligations under the Regulations.
Newcastle campus students will likely be covered by Newcastle City Council or Gateshead Council. London Campus students can search their local council by post code.