As of the 1st July 2020 new tenancies must ensure the national electrical safety standards set out in BS 7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years.
Landlords of privately rented accommodation, including houses of multiple occupancies, must:
- Ensure national safety standards set out in BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations are met.
- Ensure the electrical installation is inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
- Obtain the Electrical Installation Condition Report from the person conducting the inspection and test.
- Supply a copy of the EICR to an existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
- Supply a copy of the EICR to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
- Supply a copy of the EICR to the local authority within 7 days receiving a request for a copy.
- Retain a copy of the EICR to give to the person who will undertake the next inspection and test.
- Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary.
- Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrical engineer to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of the completion of works.
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