New regulations require private rent landlords to ensure electrical inspections are carried out regularly

Landlords in the UK must now ensure every fixed electrical installation at the property is inspected and tested at least every 5 years by a qualified and competent person.

A copy of the electrical safety report will need to be provided to your tenants and their local authority if requested.

These regulations apply to new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

The report Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) shows that the electrical installation should be safe for continued use.

The person conducting the inspection and test can provide you with the EICR and sets the date for the next inspection and test.

You should supply a copy of this to:
• An existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test
• A new tenant before they occupy the premises
• A prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the EICR
• The local authority within 7 days of receiving a request for the EICR
• The next inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test

If the report states that the installation requires further investigation or poses danger this work will need to be completed within 28 days or any shorter period specified in the report. You must supply confirmation that the works have been completed from the electrician to the tenant and local authority within 28 days of completion.

The new government guidance can be read here and further guidance from the National Residential Landlord’s association can be read here.