Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate
EICR Certificate Tests from £120+vat, covering all of Kent
Did you know that new regulations, titled The Electrical Safety Standard in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, were officially brought in on 1st April 2020? In July 2020, all new tenancies required an EICR. As of 1st April 2021, this requirement applies to all tenancies – new and existing.
So, as a landlord, it’s your legal responsibility to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) to ensure tenants are safe – and this is something we can help you with. Here at South East Solar & Electrical in Rochester, we will:
- Ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during a period when the residential premises are occupied under a tenancy.
- Ensure every electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified electrician. By law, ‘regular intervals’ is every five years, unless a report from an inspection and test specifies sooner.
You can then:
- Supply a copy of the report to each existing tenant on the premises within 28 days of the inspection in order to meet your legal obligations as a landlord.
- Supply a copy of the report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request from the authority.
- Retain a copy of the report to give to the qualified person that carries out the next inspection and test.
- Supply a copy of the most recent report to new tenants and to prospective tenants who request to see it.
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Landlords and businesses are required to properly maintain the electrics at their property for the safety of their tenants and employees. An electrical installation condition report – or EICR – is used to check for issues such as defects or deterioration in the electrical systems, and suggest improvements that could be made. An EICR certificate details the findings of the report and lists the date when the next inspection is due.
In order to legally rent out their property, landlords must obtain an EICR certificate from a qualified electrician. This must be submitted to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection, or to a new tenant before they move in. Landlords should also keep a copy of the report for their records, as the professional carrying out the next test will need to see it.
During the EICR electrical check for landlords, all fixed electrical parts and systems in the property are inspected. These include the wiring, plug sockets, light fittings and fuse box. The electrician will check that none of the installations are overloaded, that there are no potential shock risks or fire hazards, that the systems are not defective, and that there is adequate earthing and bonding.
Appliances are not covered in the check, so separate portable appliance testing (PAT) should be carried out regularly.
Only a qualified, registered electrician can carry out an EICR for landlords or businesses. Of course, it’s in your best interests to find someone who is experienced and knowledgeable – such as the professionals at South East Solar & Electrical.
Many landlords ask, is an EICR a legal requirement? The answer is yes. An inspection is required periodically to ensure your tenants are safe, and the report must be sent to the tenants within 28 days of the test, or to a new tenant before they move in. Indeed, not having an EICR could result in a fine of up to £30,000. Of course, if you own multiple properties you’re looking at a much higher penalty.
For homeowners who are not looking to rent out their property, the EICR isn’t a legal requirement, but it’s sensible to have one for your own peace of mind.
The EICR electrical certificate for landlords must be renewed every five years. Compliance is a legal requirement for businesses and landlords, so this is not something you should overlook.
From July 2020, all properties that are let must have an EICR, which is then supplied to the tenant before they move in, or supplied to existing tenants. The EICR must then be renewed every five years.
If you are a homeowner looking to sell your house, you are not required to have an EICR. However, you may wish to have an inspection conducted for the buyers’ peace of mind.