The Electrical safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020 and apply in England to all new tenancies starting from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
Private landlords must ensure that Electrical safety standards are met when the property is occupied during a tenancy. Every fixed electrical installation at the property is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The first inspection and testing is carried out before new tenancies commence on or after 1 July 2020 and by 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.
Where the landlord has been prevented from entering the property by the tenant or tenants, the landlord will not be deemed to have failed to comply with the Regulations.