A change to the Electrical Regulation guidance notes for private rented properties yesterday (19th June) by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government seems to have created contradicting dates as to when the regulations are supposed to kick in.

There is a discrepancy in the introduction to the guidance and the actual guidance in the regulations themselves. There are now three different pieces of advice in three sections, and if the changes to a June 1st 2020 date is the correct one, it will mean thousands of landlords in England will need an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) to be carried out now rather than by April 2021.

The likely outcome of this is that the regulations themselves rather than the guidance notes will take priority.

The regulations state:

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
(2) These Regulations come into force on 1st June 2020.
(3) These Regulations apply in England only to—
(a) all new specified tenancies from 1st July 2020; and
(b) all existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021.

The discrepancies have been reported and we will advise you when this issue has been addressed.