Subject to approval by the Houses of Parliament, Landlords will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020.
Existing tenancies will have until 1st April 2021 to comply.
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector state that Landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years. This inspection must be carried out by a qualified person.
Landlords are also required to obtain a report following the results and provide it to their tenant(s) within 28 days. The Landlord must also keep a copy for their own records.
Current EICR rules
Currently, Landlords are not required by law to carry out an electrical safety test. However, we have always advised that these tests are carried out for the safety of tenants and to cover a Landlord in case any electrical problem arises.
Other EICR details
If required, the Landlord must supply the inspection report to the local housing authority within seven days.
In addition, the Landlord could be fined up to £30,000 if they fail to comply with the new regulations.
This is just one of many new legislative changes for Landlords. In 2018, Landlords had to ensure that a property EPC rating was at least an ‘E’ or above. It is expected that this will change to a ‘D’ rating within the next few years.
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