Electrical safety checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England or agents will face fines up to £30,000, according to regulations set out in Parliament.
The proposals are outlined in the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, and is set to take place from 1 April this year, initially targeting new tenancies.
For new tenancies, the check will take place at the beginning of the tenancy and then every five years, but for existing tenancies, the properties will have to be checked by 1 April 2021 and then after five year intervals.
The new rule will apply to every privately rented property and failure to comply will result in fines up to £30,000. Lettings agents and landlords will have 28 days to fix any problem outlined by the inspection.
David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark, said: “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.
“Mandating inspecting and testing of every fixed electrical installation should have a limited impact on good professional landlords and agents in the market, many of whom already voluntarily undertake these inspections.”