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Housing and Planning Act 2016

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122Electrical safety standards for properties let by private landlords

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(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations impose duties on a private landlord of residential premises in England for the purposes of ensuring that electrical safety standards are met during any period when the premises are occupied under a tenancy.

(2)“Electrical safety standards” means standards specified in, or determined in accordance with, the regulations in relation to—

(a)the installations in the premises for the supply of electricity, or

(b)electrical fixtures, fittings or appliances provided by the landlord.

(3)The duties imposed on the landlord may include duties to ensure that a qualified person has checked that the electrical safety standards are met.

(4)The regulations may make provision about—

(a)how and when checks are carried out;

(b)who is qualified to carry out checks.

(5)The regulations may require the landlord—

(a)to obtain a certificate from the qualified person confirming that electrical safety standards are met, and

(b)to give a copy of a certificate to the tenant, or a prospective tenant, or any other person specified in the regulations.

(6)In this section—

  • “premises” includes land, buildings, moveable structures, vehicles and vessels;

  • “private landlord” means a landlord who is not within section 80(1) of the Housing Act 1985 (the landlord condition for secure tenancies);

  • “residential premises” means premises all or part of which comprise a dwelling;

  • “tenancy” includes a licence to occupy (and “landlord” is to be read accordingly).

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