New regulations regarding the Electrical Safety Standards have recently come into effect, and as of April 1st 2021, all existing tenancies must comply.

The regulations state that Landlords must have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is “qualified and competent”, at least every five years.

Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested. Breaches of the regulations could result in a financial penalty.

What is the Electrical Installation Report?

The report - usually an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR - will show whether the electrical installation is safe for continued use and is based on the 18th Edition Electrical Standards.
If the report doesn’t require investigative or remedial work, the landlord won’t need to carry out any further work. Inspectors will use the following classification codes to indicate where a landlord must undertake remedial work:

•             Code 1 (C1): Danger present. Risk of injury. The electrical inspector may make any C1 hazards safe before leaving the property.
•             Code 2 (C2): Potentially dangerous.
•             Further Investigation (FI): Further investigation required without delay.
•             Code 3 (C3): Improvement recommended. Further remedial work is not required for the report to be deemed satisfactory.

If the report shows that remedial work or further investigation is required, landlords must complete this work within 28 days, or any shorter period if specified in the report.

If the report shows that remedial work or further investigation is required, as set out above, landlords must complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report. Landlords must then provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to the local authority within 28 days.

As this regulation has now come in to effect, it would be prudent to plan and budget for the EICR testing to be carried out if you haven’t done so already.

Need some advice? Contact our lettings experts today who can help guide you through this process.

*This information is intended as a guide only and is based on the government’s guidance on electrical safety standards in the private rented sector. It is not exhaustive and should not be considered legal advice. For more information, please refer to gov.uk.