If you do not get an EICR done by;
– July 2020 for new tenants
– and April 2021 for existing tenants
the government can impose large fines and possible prison sentences.
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Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) and inspections are very important to landlords and letting agents. By law you need to ensure that you have taken precautions to prevent the risk of fire, personal injury and even death. To ensure that you have complied with safety regulations it is recommended that you carry out a periodic test inspection of your electrical system, and provide copies of the report to your tenants.
As of 1st April 2021, it is now a legal requirement to have a EICR performed on all properties with existing tenancies. The new rules will apply to all existing lets.
EICR regulations have now changed….
(EICR) Electrical installation condition reports are now a key part of electrical safety, Landlords have the responsibility to ensure that a tenanted property has an electrical installation that is safe to use by its tenants.
As of 1st April 2021, it is now a legal requirement to have a EICR performed on all properties with existing tenancies. The new rules will apply to all existing lets. Even if your tenancy is already underway and you have no plans to renew, after 1st April 2021, you will need to have an EICR or you could face fines.
There will be a legal onus on all landlords to have an electrical installation condition report (EICR) in place. They will have to be able to provide this to the tenant, managing agent or local authority generally upon occupancy or within 30 days should they ask.
The government has also laid down the law that all existing tenancies will require a EICR report by April 2021.
Electrical equipment should be kept safe, this includes all portable appliances. The best thing for this is a portable appliance test. Here at Current UK Electrical we carry out PAT testing including a certificate upon completion from £65 +vat if on site carrying out an EICR . Below is a small list for an example of appliances that will need PAT testing;
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryers
- Table lamps
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Make Current UK Electrical your one-stop-shop for all your landlord and estate agent electrical safety checks and other property maintenance services. We have a full range of testing and safety packages to ensure you remain legally compliant and that your tenants stay safe. One of the most important electrical tests is the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which needs to be completed at least every five years on a rental property or with each change of tenancy.
Contact us now and we can recommend when the next inspection should take place because this may depend on the condition of the installation. The EICR was introduced in 2012, to replace the previously named Periodic Inspection Report.
Electricity can be dangerous
Like everything in life, electrics deteriorate with age and electricity can be dangerous. It is vital people are not put at risk, so the person responsible for the maintenance of an installation is responsible to ensure it is safe and remains safe. An EICR will reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded or defective and therefore unsafe to use. It will also uncover any lack of earthing or bonding conductors and reveal any potential electric shock risks or fire hazards.
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The report will report any deviations from current standards and will show the timescale of urgency on which any repairs need to take place. These tests include a visual inspection, live wire testing and dead wire testing to check the safety and integrity of the wiring.
If regular inspection and testing is not carried out, then either landlords or management companies could be prosecuted under health and safety law. In addition, any insurance claims resulting from faulty electrical installations would be invalidated without regular testing.
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As a landlord, it’s your job to ensure that your property is safe for your tenants, and this is something you need to do each time you rent out a property. With our landlord electrical inspections, Current UK Electrical are able to provide widespread testing of an entire residence, supplying you with an electrical safety certificate on completion. Whether you own just one property or several.