New legislation means from 1st July 2020, private landlords in England must have the electrical installations in their rental properties inspected and tested by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe. These inspections must be held before any new tenancy agreement begins from 1st July 2020.
What do these new regulations mean for landlords?
Checks need to be carried out on any existing tenancies by 1st April 2021. Breaches of the regulations could result in financial penalties of up to £30,000.
These checks must then be carried out on a five-yearly basis, but new inspections are not required for every tenancy agreement so long as they are still valid and no more than five years old.
A copy of the most recent electrical safety condition report (EICR) must be provided to both new and retained tenants before they move in and within 28 days of the inspection and also to contractors performing the next inspection.
The landlord is responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent. Using an electrician or firm that is a member of an accredited registration scheme operated by a recognised body will give you the confidence that this has been achieved.
Agents are advised to get started on the admin, log EICR documentations and record inspection dates (including due inspection dates) about their managed properties.
Consider carrying out remedial actions recommended in the latest reports. The same consideration and audit should also apply to rental listings yet to be let out.
Why choose Safety Checked for your Landlord Electrical Inspections?
With potentially millions of properties to be assessed in a few weeks’ time, agents are advised to carry out an audit and begin planning for the inevitable rush for electrical checks.
Safety Checked Ltd are experienced at carrying out servicing and checks of fire and electrical systems for social housing, student lettings and private landlords throughout County Durham and the North East.
Our Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) are a cost-effective way to ensure that you are meeting your legal and mandatory obligations for electrical safety.
As well as carrying out your electrical inspection and testing, Safety Checked can provide Fire Alarm Servicing and Maintenance, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), emergency lighting checks, and electrical repairs and installation.