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Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid to satisfy new government requirements.

ARLA Propertymark and others have called for a delay to the introduction of the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, which is scheduled to apply to existing tenancies from April 1.

The call is because many agents and landlords are struggling to cope with problems caused by the pandemic.


However, ARLA warns that no extensions appears to be forthcoming. 

The regulations came into force on June 1 2020 and applied in England to all new tenancies from July 1 2020 and all existing tenancies from April 1 this year.  

ARLA says: "All landlords should make every effort to abide by the rules provided that this can be done inline with guidance on working in people’s homes during Coronavirus.”

In a response to a letter sent to housing minister Chris Pincher, his department - the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - has suggested that local authorities take a common-sense approach to enforcement of the electrical safety regulations in the light of the pandemic. 

ARLA adds: “Furthermore, a landlord will not be in breach of the duty to comply with a remedial notice if the landlord can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply.”

Even so, the association recommends agents ensure they have detailed paper-trails and document everything from phone calls, refused access, planned checks and scheduled remedial work.

Propertymark says it will continue to press decision-makers to understand the practical implications of legislation and the impact of Covid-19.

Now Propertymark is advising agents with concerns to contact their local MP to make them aware of how Covid-19 is impacting their business. 

You can find and contact your local MP here. 

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    • 01 February 2021 10:30 AM

    So, I am FORCED to allow people into my house without knowing who they are and where they have been. How do I know that are not infected.....Possibly they DO have it!!!!!!!!!!

    I will only allow them in if I can see a certificate that proves they have been tested......

    I would be an idiot NOT to demand that caution......And a right?

    Vilesh Rew

    There are COVID-19 guidelines for contractors to follow, for your protection, and the certification is being made a legal requirement for your protection.

    You do have the right to refuse to have the inspection, but only if you have a valid reason. Please don't get all shouty with your agent, landlord, or the contractor. They are simply trying to do their jobs. As I say, you can refuse, but it would be a better reflection on your character if you did so with some degree of good grace. Thank you.

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    Would you rather have "electrocuted" on the death certificate rather than "Covid"? The former might land you in prison!

  • jeremy clarke

    It seems to me that some people spend too much time with their heads up their a***s and then want their hands held when a deadline approaches that they have failed to act upon! This deadline has been published for what, 2 years? If you cannot manage to get this right, should you really be in business?


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