Electrical Safety Standards
Following the Prime Minister’s speech to the nation on Saturday 31st October 2020 regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic and resurgence of cases and imposition of new restrictions, the Private Sector Housing & Public Health team will not be undertaking site visits or property inspections until further notice, except in urgent emergency situations (as determined by the case officer) where appropriate precautions are in place. All staff are now working from home and have limited access to incoming and outgoing postal mail and correspondence is best via e-mail where possible. This is not a permanent arrangement but will continue until at least 2nd December 2020 (the date the restrictions are due to end); however, this date may be extended further by the Government depending upon whether the fall in Covid-19 cases is sufficient enough to allow the restrictions to be lifted. Any visits arranged during the pandemic may be subject to cancellation or change at short notice if there are changes to National, local or Council-directed policy, legislation or requirements, or where it is considered that appropriate precautions and/or social-distancing cannot be achieved. These changes have been made to protect customers and staff from contracting or spreading the virus during these difficult times.
As well as advice on Coronavirus available via other links on the Arun District Council website, the following links may also be of particular use in regards to Housing issues: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping/covid-19-guidance-for-hostel-or-day-centre-providers-of-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping
Landlord Accreditation Scheme
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
On the 1st of June 2020, The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force placing duties on landlords in England to ensure that the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe. Although landlords have always been legally responsible for ensuring that electrical installations in rented properties are safe, the new regulations build on this and will help further reduce deaths and injuries due to electric shocks and fires caused by electrical faults.
The drive of the regulations is to ensure that landlords have their properties inspected by a competent person every 5 years and have an Electrical Installation Condition Report produced. Any serious faults from the report should be remedied by the landlord within a maximum of 28 days.
An Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) or Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate is the most effective way of demonstrating that the necessary remedial works have been carried out. This documentation must be given to the tenants and a copy provided to the local housing authority. This can be sent to the Private Sector Housing and Public Health Team at Arun District Council via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The new regulations will apply to all new specified tenancies from the 1st of July 2020 and all existing specified tenancies from the 1st of April 2021. However, there are tenancies where it does not apply such as: Care Facilities, Registered Social Housing, Council Housing or where a tenant is a lodger with the landlord in the same property.
Arun District Council - as the local housing authority - are responsible for ensuring that landlords comply with the new regulations and have strong powers to do so, including the ability to serve remedial notices and issue fines of up to £30,000.
More detail on the regulations can be found by following the links below.
This link to the Government website leads to information that is helpful to landlords and tenants in understanding the new regulations and the duties.
This link will provide further practical advice for landlords and the guidance has been created by a charity who work with Government, the electrical industry, manufacturers, retailers and consumer safety organisations to improve safety regulation and standards.
The full regulations - as written - can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/312/contents/made