Jackson Property hope you, your families and friends are all safe during this unknown time.
Although we are going through difficult times, this blogis to keep you up to date with legislation within the lettings sector and changes that are due shortly.
Looking towards July 1st of 2020 new laws are to come into force surrounding the fixed wire electric installation within a property which is to be let. These laws are being introduced under the Electrical Safety Standard Regulations of 2020.
This means that it will be mandatory to have an electrical inspection report commissioned by a qualified electrician and any work required completed to meet the letting standard / regulations. These reports are to be completed every 5 years or change of tenant depending on length of residency.
All new tenancy agreements signed from July 1st require us as agents to present a certificate within 28 days of the commencement of the agreement.
Jackson Property have decided that in the interests of being fully compliant beyond doubt, that this report will be given to tenants on signing, rather than within the permitted 28 days. The report will be included within our “Move In Packs” collected from our office / check in appointments. All incoming tenants will therefore sign confirming receipt of the report, leaving the landlord and agent certain we have met the requirements needed.
Should your property require new tenant’s to be secured in line with the above deadline of this law, we are able to instruct one of our appointed electrical contractors to complete this inspection and works accordingly on your behalf. Should your property be affected by this we will discuss the requirement before marketing commences for new tenants.
Into 2021 this law will be extended to all existing tenancy agreements in place as of April 1st. It would be our view that it would best to undertake these inspections sooner rather later, especially if works are required to bring the installation up to the required standards for letting.
It may be that given the current situation worldwide, that this legislation may be delayed while the country recovers, but this is yet to be announced therefore we are planning for what is needed.
Please keep yourselves and your families at this time safe and we will be in touch with any changes or with further advice.
With best wishes