New regulations coming in for ALL NEW tenancies from 1 July 2020

AND

For all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021

(1) A private landlord (as defined in section 122(6) of the Housing and Planning Act 2016) who grants or intends to grant a specified tenancy must—

(a)       ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a specified tenancy;

(b) ensure every electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified person; and

(c) ensure the first inspection and testing is carried out—

(i) before the tenancy commences in relation to a new specified tenancy; or

(ii) by 1st April 2021 in relation to an existing specified tenancy.

a) at intervals of no more than 5 years; or

(b) where the most recent report under sub-paragraph (a) requires such inspection and testing to be at intervals of less than 5 years, at the intervals specified in that report

Following the required inspection and testing) a private landlord must

(a) obtain a report from the person conducting that inspection and test, which gives the results of the inspection and test and the date of the next inspection and test;

(b) supply a copy of that report to each existing tenant of the residential premises within 28 days of the inspection and test;

(c) supply a copy of that report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority;

(d) retain a copy of that report until the next inspection and test is due and supply a copy to the person carrying out the next inspection and test; and

(e) supply a copy of the most recent report to

(i) any new tenant of the specified tenancy to which the report relates before that tenant occupies those premises; and

(ii) any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that prospective tenant.

From  The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020  (Draft)