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Another New Rental Law

Electrical and gas safety is at the upmost importance. Not just in the tenanted sector but also the private. After the catastrophe which happened at Grenfell Tower. A 24 story tower that was devastated by an electrical fire. Of which 72 people tragically lost their lives. Thankfully Another New Rental Law shows electrical and gas safety regulations are now being revised.

It’s been a long time coming. Now seems almost certain that agents and landlords will have to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from July 1 this year, or from April 1 2021 for existing tenancies.

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The government states that the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament.

These regulations are likely to be agreed by the Commons and the Lords in the coming weeks.

An analysis by ARLA says this means agents and landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. 

The regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due. 

ARLA says that upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within seven days, and a private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from that prospective tenant.

Breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents backs the move with chief executive David Cox saying: We are supportive of this concept and believe it will create a level playing field for all agents and landlords as well as ensuring improved safety standards for tenants.

Another new rental law means we are heading towards safer environments for the properties we own. Please share your views in the comment section.

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