Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (electrical safety standards) came into force on 25 October 2019. This means we are one step closer to the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector in England and should see actual regulations very soon.

The final stage of the law comes into effect on 1st April 2020 and all rental properties must have an in-date EPC of grade E or above.  We are reviewing our files to see which of our clients will need a new EPC, and you can find your EPC rating on your latest visit report.  If your last EPC was F or G, or has expired please contact your property manager urgently.

New regulations and financial penalties

The Secretary of State now has the power to impose duties on private landlords. to ensure electrical safety standards are met in a property under their ownership, while a tenancy is in place.  We may also see regulations with regards to the frequency of checks and the expertise expected of any persons who undertake such checks.  Section 123 provides for the enforcement of any responsibilities introduced under Section 122 including the use of financial penalties and rights of appeal.

Following Royal Assent of the Housing and Planning Act on 12 May 2016, a working group that included representation from ARLA Propertymark and other industry, electrical and tenant bodies was established to provide recommendations on what the requirements for electrical safety in the private rented sector should look like.

As always, we will share any updates or new regulations with you as soon possible.

Martin Ransom is Office Manager at Pace, an independent Southend on Sea Letting Agent.

With nearly 25 years experience in the property industry, Martin is well placed in his role as Branch Manager for Pace.

After joining the business in 2010 Martin took it upon himself to foster excellent customer service among the team and this continues to position Pace as a leader in its field today.