On the 13th January 2020 “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020” were laid in parliament. There are still a few steps to go through, but the important dates you need to know are:
- All NEW and RENEWING tenancies (AST’s) must have a satisfactory fixed wire test (Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report) in place before 1st July 2020.
- All current tenancies, regardless of start date or length, must have a satisfactory fixed wire test (Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report) in place before 1st April 2021.
As much as I feel sorry that landlords have literally been peppered with incoming legislation over the past few years (meaning lots of added expenses) I think that we can agree that this particular legislation is not only necessary, but has been a long time coming.
Electrical safety is one of the most important things to consider when renting your property, and one of the biggest and most important steps you can take is a fixed wire test.
Ever since the initial announcement of The Housing and Planning Act in 2016, we always knew these mandatory tests would be coming, so have been working on a very slow roll-out across our properties over the past three years.
Now we have a formal date to work to, we will be increasing the speed of this roll-out and contacting all our landlords to ask them for their permission to proceed with the test. Due to the amount of properties involved, we have secured competitive rates with our contractors.
Should you wish to have your property tested, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can arrange the test for the price of:
1-4 bedrooms £175 + VAT (£210)
4+ Bedrooms £195 + VAT (£234)