All new tenancies commencing 1 July 2020, will need an Electrical Installation Condition Report and any renewals or name changes thereafter will need a new report. By 1 April 2021, all tenancies will need one regardless of status.
The Government has laid out The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, meaning 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.
Gordon & Co. will commence inspections and testing on all managed tenancies regardless of status to ensure all tenancies comply by 1 April 2021. The cost of the inspection and testing will be issued by email shortly. If you believe for any reason your property may no longer be let after 1 April 2021 and you will, therefore, not require the EICR please inform your Property Manager at your earliest convenience.
- Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within seven days.
- The private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant.
- 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.
If you have any questions about this, please speak to your Property Manager, but do be patient as we are particularly stretched at the moment.