Did you know that from 1st June 2020, the government passed a new regulation that required electrical safety certificates to be carried out every 5 years on a residential property that is privately rented out?
The crucial dates are:
“The regulations came into force on 1 June 2020, they apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. The relevant date for determining when the new requirements apply is the date on which the tenancy is granted. A new tenancy is one that was granted on or after 1 June 2020.”https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/guide-for-landlords-electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector#which-rented-properties-do-the-electrical-safety-regulations-apply-to
If you are a landlord – you are responsible for obtaining the electrical safety certificate. This also covers if you are a tenant in a commercial property with upper parts that are residential, and you sub-let the residential part. You are the residential tenants’ landlord.
As managing agents, we are constantly making sure that our clients are on the right side of new laws and regulations, and this means that on mixed-use properties that are commercial and residential, we make sure we monitor regulations to ensure compliance.
We are recently carrying out an electrical safety because our residential tenancy was up for renewal, and therefore fell under the new regulations. If this tenancy had not needed renewing and was continuing on until 2021, we would still have had to carry it out in April 2021.
Having a property management team on your side, will give you peace of mind. Safety is important for everyone, and we deal with good landlords, but unfortunately some through inaction or ignorance, inadvertently put tenants are risk. We would be there to make sure this aspect does not happen. As a professional advisor, it is our job to provide the information, give them the knowledge, and make sure actions are taken at the right time.