Landlords' Electrical Responsibilities

Landlords are you aware the law changed on 1st June 2020 regarding your responsibilities for electrical installations in rented properties?

These new Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their 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. Local authorities may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords who are in breach of their duties.

The regulations state that Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:

  • Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the 'Wiring Regulations', which are published as British Standard 7671
  • Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years
  • Obtain a report (usually an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test
  • Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test
  • Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises
  • Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report
  • Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy
  • Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test
  • Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report
  • Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works

What does the inspection check?

The inspection will check the 'fixed' electrical parts of the property, like the wiring, the socket-outlets (plug sockets), the light fittings and the consumer unit (or fuse box). This will include permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractors.

The Regulations do not cover electrical appliances, only the fixed electrical installations.

We recomment that Landlords regularly carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) on any electrical appliance that they provide and then supply tenants with a record of any electrical inspections carried out as good practice.

Tenants are responsible for making sure that any of their own electrical appliances are safe.

Full details can be found here

Do you need an EICR for a rented property?

Simon Martin Associates are qualified to perform these tests so contact us today on 07999456793 for a free quote.