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Check out the The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

It looks like a whole heap of old, dodgy rentals will need to be either updated or shifted pretty sharpish. In summary, starting the 1st April 2020 new tenancies must be electrically safe, with a year given to existing tenancies (as i read it).  The penalties (or incentives) are pretty brutal at up to £30k and 28 days to remedy.

Way past time electrics were looked at as seriously as Gas is in rented properties.

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16 hours ago, pandabear said:

Check out the The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

It looks like a whole heap of old, dodgy rentals will need to be either updated or shifted pretty sharpish.

I do not see how that draft legislation could possibly become law in its present form. The draft specifically states that electrics must meet the standards of the "Eighteenth Edition" (of the industry standard wiring regulations) which only came into force last year - that means that 99% of UK properties would not meet such a standard even though 99% of those are almost certainly perfectly safe.

It would be like introducing legislation that to be able to drive on UK roads your car had to have an average of 80 MPG; well meaning but using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

 

 

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2 hours ago, HariSeldon said:

I do not see how that draft legislation could possibly become law in its present form. The draft specifically states that electrics must meet the standards of the "Eighteenth Edition" (of the industry standard wiring regulations) which only came into force last year - that means that 99% of UK properties would not meet such a standard even though 99% of those are almost certainly perfectly safe.

It would be like introducing legislation that to be able to drive on UK roads your car had to have an average of 80 MPG; well meaning but using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

 

 

BS7671 is non-statutory anyway, and applies only to new installations (Not retroactively applicable to older installations)   

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2 hours ago, chronyx said:

BS7671 is non-statutory anyway, and applies only to new installations (Not retroactively applicable to older installations)   

That's the point... This new draft legislation makes it statutory (for landlords) and applies to all installations - I do not see how that can be possible in practice.

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A private landlord(e) who grants or intends to grant a specified tenancy must—
(a) ensure that the electrical safety standards [the standards for electrical installations in the eighteenth
edition of the Wiring Regulations, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
and the British Standards Institution as BS 7671] are met during any period when the residential
premises(f) are occupied under a specified tenancy

 

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1 hour ago, HariSeldon said:

That's the point... This new draft legislation makes it statutory (for landlords) and applies to all installations - I do not see how that can be possible in practice.

 

Well we're in a chicken and egg situation then, as the regs themselves state they apply only to new installations and circuits.  EICRs can be carried out to 18th edition standards but only require C3 codes for things like RCD protection on existing older installations.  I usually word it as 'upgrade strongly advised but suitable for continued use' as long as the standard inspection and test has been passed.

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