New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year
What are my responsibilities as the landlord of a property in England?
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector places a continuous duty on landlords in England to maintain their property to the electrical safety standards and to have evidence of this. This means your property must meet the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations and you must have a report that shows this from a qualified person.
Breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.
When do I need to have an inspection performed by?
If you are renting out a property in England, any tenancy you create or renew on or after July 1st 2020 will require an electrical inspection and a report on the condition of the property (EICR) performed by a qualified person.
For pre-existing tenancies, you will need to have an EICR performed on all existing tenancies before April 1st 2021.
How often do I need to replace the EICR?
The standard EICR lasts 5 years but this can be shorter so you should replace it as often as needed to ensure it remains valid.
I have a pre-existing EICR. Do I need to get another one?
The current draft of the regulations appears to invalidate any EICR that does not meet the standards of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations. As this Edition only came into force in 2019 most EICRs are therefore potentially invalid.
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