From April 2021, the fixed wire testing laws will change. This article will let you know what is changing, and how you can stay compliant as a landlord.
Note: These changes only apply to rental properties in England.
What’s changing in April 2021?
On 1 April 2021, you must have a valid fixed wire testing certificate (also known as a landlord electrical safety certificate or EICR certificate) for all properties that you own.
Is a fixed wire test the same as an EICR test? Yes. 'Fixed wire testing' was what testing used to be known as before it was replaced by the new definition - EICR.
The law initially changed last summer, where you had to have a fixed wire testing certificate in place for brand new or renewed tenancies. However, this did not affect tenancies where there was already someone in the property.
A qualified and experienced person must carry out the fixed wire testing, ideally an electrician or electrical engineer.
Your local council will monitor fixed wire testing compliance. If it believes that you are in breach of the new regulations, it can enforce a civil penalty of up to £30,000.
When the fixed wire test has been carried out, you must give a copy of the report to your tenant within 28 days. You must also supply a copy to your local council within seven days if they request it.
Once you have a fixed wire testing certificate in place for each property, it is valid for five years. However, we’d recommend renewing your certificate if there is a change in occupancy.
If you’re looking for someone to carry out fixed wire testing on your behalf, Hawkesworth can help. We have experience working with landlords across the country.
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