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New PRS electrical safety standards begin today

New regulations which set out requirements for landlords to ensure all fixed electrical installations in their properties are maintained correctly has come into effect today (1 April 2021).

The regulations, which applied to new tenancies from July last year, extend to existing tenancies from today.

If a landlord is found to not have complied with the law and no attempt to has been made to complete necessary remedial work that was identified, they could face a fine of up to £30,000.

ECA, in partnership with Electrical Safety First, Elecsa and NICEIC, have produced a short video guide for landlords to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation.

Electrical Safety First has produced a FAQ resource for checks in privately rented homes, which can be accessed here

Last updated 01 April 21