With gas safety regulations, EPCs, legionella risk assessments, HMO licensing and other paperwork we need to make sure we’re on top of, the government has pulled another one out of their pocket for us to deal with! Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) are the latest hoop we need to jump through to keep your investment (and tenants) safe!
You’ll need an EICR for every property let after the 1st July 2020 and has to be performed at least once every five years. If you don’t, you’re facing fines of up to £30’000! An eye-watering amount that makes the cost of the EICR a small price to pay. It protects your investment, your bank balance and, crucially, your tenants.
There’s no way around it. You might consider keeping your tenants on but this won’t protect you from the new legal obligation forever – the rules will apply to all tenancies, including those started before the 1st July 2020 from the 1st April 2021.
These rules should be of no surprise. We’ve been harping on about them in landlord groups since it was announced in January last year. Keeping our ear to the ground, we’ve heard rumours about EICR from as far back as April 2018 when it was first considered in parliament.
Private landlords will be required to ensure that the Electrical Safety Standards are met during any period that the residential property is occupied under a specified tenancy.
The standards are laid out in the 18th edition of the IET Wiring Regulation which came into force in January 2019 and all new builds and refurbished properties had to comply from then, so if you’ve recently bought a refurbished or new build property, it’s likely they already comply but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. You still need to have an independent EICR.
According to the NRLA, once the electrical installation has been tested, the landlord must:
- Ensure they receive a written report from the person conducting the inspection, which includes the results and the required date for the next inspection
- Supply a copy of this report to each existing tenant living in the property within 28 days of the inspection
- Supply a copy within seven days to the local authority, if they request a copy
- Keep a copy of the report until the next inspection, and give a copy to the person undertaking the next inspection.
For new tenancies, the landlord must:
- Give a copy of the most recent report to a new tenant before the tenant occupies the property
- Give a copy of the most recent report to any prospective new tenant who requests the report in writing, within 28 days of receiving such a request.
If the electrical safety report identifies a fault or potential fault, which the landlord must either investigate further or repair, the landlord must ensure further investigations or repairs are completed by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection, or within the timeframe set out in the report if this is shorter.
Following these further investigations or repairs, the landlord must ensure they receive written confirmation that these have been carried out and that either the electrical safety standards are met, or further work is required.
This confirmation must be supplied to each existing tenant and to the local housing authority within 28 days of the work being undertaken, along with the original report identifying further work is required.
This process must be repeated until the electrical installation is found to be compliant.
If you’re wondering how you’ll cope, or how much these new regulations might cost you, give us a call on 0116 321 4970 where we can advise on what the requirements are, how to most efficiently meet your obligations and to book in your EICR ready to comply with the new legislation.