Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Policy

Results of the inspection and test

The following codes are used to indicate where a landlord must undertake remedial work:

• Code C1 – danger present and risk of injury.

• Code C2 - potentially dangerous.

• Code C3 – improvement recommended.

• Further investigation (FI) – further investigation required without delay.

If the report contains a code C1, C2 or FI, then the landlord must ensure further investigative or remedial work is carried out by a qualified person within 28 days, or less if specified in the report. As regards C3 codes, we will not require landlords to undertake remedial work but we may draw the recommended improvement to their attention.

Electrical Safety offences under the Electrical Regulations:

• Regulation 3 (Failing to meet any duty as a private landlord)

Where the Council is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that a private landlord has breached a duty above, or has failed to comply with a remedial notice served under Regulation 3(1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(c), (4) or (6) of the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

Enforcement of the Regulations

If the Council are satisfied that the landlord is in breach of the requirements and the report doesn’t indicate urgent remedial action is required, they have a duty to serve a remedial notice under the Regulations. Breaching the remedial notice may result in the Council serving a financial penalty.