Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
In a nutshell if you’re renting out a property in England, any tenancy you create or renew on or after July 1st 2020 will require an electrical inspection and a report on the condition of the property (EICR). The regulations require that every private rented property has an electrical inspection completed by a suitably qualified person, a minimum of every 5 years.
When do the new regulations come into effect:
- New Tenancies- New tenancies must meet the new requirements from July 1st 2020 – Important to note that renewed 'periodic tenancies' are counted as 'new tenancies' even if the same tenant renews for a further period
- Existing Tenancies- Existing 'longer term' tenancies must meet the new requirements from April 1st 2021
The regulations also require that:
- Landlords provide a copy of the electrical inspection report to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection (or before the tenancy begins for new tenants)
- Landlords must supply a copy to the local authority within 7 days (if requested to do so)
- Any faults highlighted by the electrical inspection must be remedied within 28 days (or sooner if detailed within the electrical report)
- Written confirmation must be obtained to confirm that any necessary repairs have been completed
- Non-compliance with the new regulations will mean the local authority will supply the landlord with an 'enforcement notice'. If a landlord fails to act upon this, the local authority can enforce it by having the repairs completed (and billing the landlord) or even impose a fine of upto £30,000
Similar requirements were approved in Scotland in 2015, however, Wales has no such requirements to date.