New EICR (electrical installation condition Report) Regulations For Letting Properties From 01 July 2020

The new regulation will require landlords to have the electrical installations properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.” – Ministry of Housing Communities & Government

The regulation requires testing to be carried out in accordance with the 18th Edition of the wiring Regulations and will apply to new tenancies from the 1st July 2020. For pre-existing tenancies, you will need to have an EICR performed on all existing tenancies before 1 April 2021.

There are some exceptions and the regulations will not apply to:

  • Shared accommodation with the landlord or Landlord’s family
  • A tenancy that has a long lease (a term of 7 years or more)
  • Student halls of residence
  • Hostels and refuges
  • Care homes
  • Hospitals and hospices
  • Other accommodation relating to healthcare provision

Inspections/Installations must be carried out by a competent person who will check the fixed electrical parts and wiring of the properties e.g the sockets-outlets that are built into electrical installations.

Once the inspection has been conducted and the report generated, a copy should be given to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test. For new tenants, it should be given to them before they occupy the premises and reports must be supplied within 7 days if requested by the local authority.

Where remedial work is required, the landlord must provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and local authority within 28 days of completing the work. For a new build they will need Electrical Installation Certificate known as an EIC will be provided to the tenants and local authority.

Non-Compliance with the new regulations will mean the local authority can issue an enforcement notice. If the Landlord fails to rectify things, the local authority can enforce it by having the repairs completed billing the landlord) or even impose a fine of up to £30,000.

Find out more on EICR.

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