The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
New government legislation states that landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.
1st July 2020 - Rule applies to new tenancies - As of this date, a landlord must supply a tenant with a satisfactory EICR report prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
1st April 2021 - Rule applies to all existing tenancies - A landlord must supply any current tenants with a copy of a satisfactory EICR report.
Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days. The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action. Proven breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.
EICR - An Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) is an official document that is produced following an assessment an electrical installation (Consumer unit, wiring, sockets, switches etc). This is an in depth check and is usually valid for 5 years upon its completion, however this can vary due to the age and condition of the installation. During an EICR, the consumer unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards
Maintaining the safety of a tenants home environment is vital and the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is the best way of monitoring the electrics within the property. Elite Impact have fully qualified electricians throughout the London and surroundings completing EICRs. If you are a letting agent, landlord or anyone looking for electricians to complete EICRs then please do get in touch.