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Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) For

Landlords

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Landlord electrical safety certificate

As a landlord, you must take all reasonable steps to keep your tenants safe. This means you must make sure the electrical installation (wiring, lighting systems, etc.) and any electrical

equipment you've provided are safe when the tenancy begins and throughout.

 

Electrical Home Emergency have outlined the electrical safety regulations for landlords, including information on how to obtain an electrical safety certificate.

 

   The importance of electrical testing

   Landlord electrical safety certificate – legal requirements

   How much does a landlord electrical safety certificate cost?

   PAT testing for landlords

   Landlord responsibilities in Scotland

   'Best practice', as recommended by Electrical Safety First

   Landlord safety checks - key legal requirements for England, Wales, Scotland

 

 

According to Electrical Safety First, electricity is the cause of more than 20,000 fires in UK homes each year, so it's vital to take it seriously. Fires, burns and shocks can be caused by:

 

   Gradual deterioration of the electrical installation and equipment

   Damage to switches, sockets and other equipment

   Misuse of the installation and equipment

   Poor maintenance

   Vandalism

 

If your tenant gets injured (or worse) because you’ve neglected the electrics in your property, you could face heavy fines or even prison. Electrical testing is not particularly time consuming or

expensive (unless extensive works are required to bring electrics up to standard), so there’s no excuse for not fulfilling your obligations.

Landlord electrical safety certificate - legal requirements

 

Until 2020, an electrical safety check on privately-rented properties in England was only mandatory for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

 

Landlords of HMOs must have the electrical installation in the property inspected and tested at least once every five years and undertake any necessary works as detailed on the Electrical Installation

Condition Report (EICR). The council can request to see a copy of that report at any time.

 

However, for 'standard' single-let properties, the rules have so far been open to interpretation, with the law simply saying that the landlord must ensure the electrics are safe.

 

But, following a consultation in 2019, the Government announced plans to introduce mandatory 5-year checks for all properties in the PRS in England, under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private

Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020:

 

   For all new tenancies granted from the 1 June 2020, electrical installations must be inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins.

   The installation must be inspected and tested at least every five years – more often if specified on the report.

   For existing tenancies, this new law will apply from 1 April 2021 – i.e. you must have the inspection and test carried out before this date.

 

   A copy of the written report must be given to each tenant:

       For new tenancies, before the tenant moves in

       For existing tenancies, within 28 days of the inspection

 

   If further investigations or repairs are required, they must be completed by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection.

   For HMOs, the new legislation replaces the existing requirements.

   The report must be retained and a copy given to the person undertaking the next inspection.

 

If your local authority requests a copy of the report, you must supply it to them within 7 days.

 

Landlords who break the law can be fined up to £30,000 by the local authority for each breach of the regulations – i.e. you could face multiple penalties. So, make sure you understand your obligations

and book a test in good time, as there is bound to be huge demand over the next year.

 

 

 

The 'certificate' is a written report - usually an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) - which details:

 

   The results of the inspection

   Any components that don't meet regulations

   Any damage or wear and tear that might affect safety

   Any appliance or object that could cause electric shocks or high temperatures

 

Landlord electrical installation condition reports cost £140.00 including VAT assuming no other work is required.

PAT testing for landlords

 

 

 

Landlord PAT Testing

 

According to Electrical Safety First, nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by faulty appliances, with cooking and laundry appliances at the top of the list. So, it's worth making

portable appliance tests every 12 months

 

The test should be carried out on any movable electrical appliance that plugs into a socket to make sure it's not damaged, not dangerous and won’t give your tenants an electric shock.

 

Note: You’re only responsible for the electrical appliances you’ve provided, so don't need to test anything the tenants have brought into the property themselves.

Landlord responsibilities in Scotland

 

 

The minimum legal requirements:

Landlords must have an electrical safety inspection: Before any tenancy starts, and intervals of no more than five years during a tenancy. Landlords are responsible for ensuring the

person completing the report is suitably competent. That will usually be an electrician registered with NICEIC, a member firm of SELECT

or a member of NAPIT.

 

A copy of the most recent EICR must be given to the tenant at the start of the tenancy

 

 

PAT testing in Scotland

A portable appliance test (PAT) is carried out as part of the 5-yearly inspection but it is advisable to have more regular PAT tests as a matter of best practice. These can be carried out by either a registered electrician or anyone who has completed appropriate training, including the landlord themselves.

 

Anything that fails a PAT test must be replaced or repaired immediately.

 

 

Although these aren’t a legal requirement, landlords are encouraged to:

   Make visual checks of the electrics, including appliances, at each change of tenancy

   Have electrical appliances PAT-tested regularly – commonly every one or two years, which should be specified in the tenancy agreement

   Have RCDs installed (a safety device that switches off electricity automatically if there is a fault, to prevent anyone getting a fatal electric shock)

 

 

Landlord safety checks - key legal requirements for England, Wales, Scotland

 

 

 

England

 

   From 1 June 2020, for all new private tenancies granted: electrical installations must be inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins and at five-year intervals

   From 1 April 2021, the above applies to all tenancies

   The electrician must be suitably qualified

   Each tenant must be supplied with a copy of the report

   Any required repairs or further investigations must be carried out within 28 days

 

Wales

 

   There is currently no specific legal requirement for periodical electrical inspection or testing of non-HMO properties

   Landlords must ensure the electrical installation and any appliances supplied are safe when the tenancy begins and are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy

   Rent Smart Wales and Electrical Safety First recommend an inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years, and before any new tenant moves in. If an inspection has been carried out, a copy of the report should be made available to tenants.

   HMOs must have a full electrical inspection and test every five years

 

Scotland

 

   A full electrical safety inspection must be carried out every five years, including a PAT test on all electrical equipment provided by the landlord

   The electrician must be suitably competent

   The tenant must be provided with a copy of the most recent report