As a landlord it can be difficult to stay on top of changing regulations, particularly in these uncertain times when there is so much else to consider. Here are the main points and key dates you need to be aware of:
1st July 2020 – The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 are changing and all electrical installations must be tested and inspected by a qualified and competent person every 5 years at a minimum, who must provide a written (electronic) report to the landlord. The agreed acceptable format for this report is the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and will highlight satisfactory or unsatisfactory conditions within the property.
Following the inspection, testing and obtaining of the report, a private landlord is required to:
- Supply a copy of the report to the existing tenant(s) with 28 days
- Supply a copy of the report to the local housing authority within 7 days
- Supply a copy of the most recent report to any prospective tenant if the property is empty or the tenancy changes within the 5-year inspection cycle.
It is advised that the landlord wastes no time in sharing these reports as there is also a requirement for them to have a qualified person carry out all remedial works required within 28 days of the inspection. This will obviously affect any tenants and may require them to make arrangements surrounding those works.
The landlord must also retain a copy of the report and works done and provide this to the next person carrying out an inspection in 5 years’ time. We therefore recommend that all landlords provide us with copies of these reports so we can supply them as required and in the event of them being lost.
These Regulations apply in England only to all new specified tenancies from 1st July 2020; and all existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021.
Failure to adhere to these rules will result in fines of up to £30,000 enforced by the local authority, and if the landlord is uncooperative can force works to be done and reclaim costs from the landlords through the normal channels.
1st April 2020 – The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) previously allowed any existing property to be let irrespective of its EPC rating (although the rules for new build properties to reach and EPC rating of A-E has been in force for over 2 years). From April this year ANY properties with an EPC rating of F or G are not be allowed to be rented out, renew tenancies and existing properties have to be brought up to standard immediately.
With work being halted in many cases by the COVID19 outbreak, some landlords have fallen behind and are at risk of being fined. If you think your property may be at risk, we urge you to contact us directly so we can help you act now.
Compliance is again enforced by the local authority and failure to comply can result in fines of up to £5,000.
https://www.mendip.gov.uk/energyefficiency gives details on properties that may be exempt and on grants and loans available to landlords to bring rental properties up to standard as well a useful links for landlords and further information sources.
KeyRing Lettings offers landlords a fully managed service to take some of these worries away, and help you manage your compliance and communications with the local authority in Mendip. We are also able to hold certificates, reports and insurances securely for you and help you arrange any work needed to get your property up to the required standards. Our regular newsletters are the perfect place to find out about key legislation changes affecting your rental property so please sign up and receive monthly updates aimed to make your property portfolio, however big or small, work for you.