To summarise my understanding in brief, as I have just read it, please find below:
All new tenancies starting on or after the 1st July 2020, will require a five-year electrical certificate from a registered electrician (it may be required to be less than every five years if the certificate states that is required)
All new tenancies, will include renewals and tenancies that become statutory periodic
All existing tenancies from the 1st April 2021
It looks like it will also include non- housing act tenancies, such as a company let, where the rent is over £100k or its not the persons main residence
It looks like it will be very similar to the Gas Safety, in that a copy must be given before the tenants occupy and within 28 days of any renewal of the certificate. There is financial penalty of up to
£30, 000 for not doing this which can be levied by the local council rather than non compliance being a section 21 issue (which is an interesting change in attitude).
Any remedial works stated by the electrical certificate must be done within 28 days or sooner, and you must get written confirmation that it has been done.
And finally, look forward to version 3000 of the *how to rent guide*
Our advice is to get them done now as (a) they will be cheaper and (b) you have plenty of time to get the remedial work done.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!