Guide To Electrical Safety Standards For Landlords

Are you up to date with the new electrical safety standard regulations? Landlords – we are here for you! Introducing our simplified guide to the current landlord regulations.

What is required under the new legislation?

Under the new legislation private landlords must ensure that:

  • electrical safety standards are met during periods of specific tenancy.
  • every electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every 5 years

This applies in England to:

  • All existing tenancies from 1st July 2020; and
  • All existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021

What electrical equipment needs testing?

Permanently connected fixed current-using equipment such as hobs, ovens, showers, and extractor fans are covered by the inspection and testing process.

Portable appliances supplied by plug and socket are not part of the process. This does not mean they do not require inspection.

If the inspector cannot carry out all necessary inspection and testing, for example, permission to switch off the entire appliance is not granted, it will be recorded on the report as a limitation.

Electrical Installations Conditions Report (EICR):

Following inspection and testing, the inspector is required to complete an EICR to detail all the results and indicate the due date for next inspections.

A copy of the EICR should be provided to the landlord. The landlord must supply a copy to tenants within 28 days of the inspection. If the report is requested from a local housing authority it should be supplied within 7 days.

What is remedial action?

If an item is discovered that is immediately dangerous, classification code C1 will be used on the report. You will be advised that immediate action needs to be (or has been) taken.

A C2 classification code means potentially dangerous and urgent action action is required. These items must be rectified within 28 days.

Where improvements are recommended but not required code C3 will be used.

Who can carry out inspection and testing?

Registered and competent electricians that are fully trained beyond the standard four year vocational route are allowed to complete your EICR.

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