As has been widely anticipated the requirement for landlords to have 5 year electrical safety checks at their properties is likely to come into force next year. On October 25th 2019 the Government will lay further regulation under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which paves the way for the Secretary of State to make the regulations about how electrical checks will occur. Whilst that does not mean that certification will be required immediately it is almost certain this will become a requirement in 2020 and probably sooner rather than later. There is still some uncertainty on whether this will simply apply to new tenancies in the short term and whether there will be a transitional period for existing tenancies. We hope the Regulations once published will provide more clarity! 
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