If you are renting out a property in England, any tenancy you create or renew on or after July 1st 2020 will require an electrical inspection condition report (EICR) and will need to be completed by a qualified person.
If you have tenants currently in situ then an EICR will have to be performed before April 2021 too and the following provided; EICR reports must be given to all of the tenants before they occupy the property and if the EICR is replaced you must provide tenants with a new report within 28 days of the inspection
It is also possible that your pre-existing report is out of date as the current draft appears to invalidate any EICR that does not meet the standards of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations as this Edition only came into force in 2019, meaning most EICR’s are therefore invalid. Remember this also applies if you have a house in multiple occupation (HMO).
If I don’t comply? Local Authorities have the power to carry out enforcement action!
- They can issue civil penalties of up to £30,000 per breach of these regulations.
- Where non-urgent work have been identified they must serve the landlord a notice detailing the work required and giving them 28 days to perform the work. The landlord may make representations to this within 21 days of the notice being served. If they do then the local authority must respond to these representations within 7 days. Until they respond the requirement to perform the work is suspended.
- Finally, if the local authority is satisfied the landlord is in breach and they have the tenant's permission to do so, they may perform emergency remedial work on the property and bill the landlord for any costs incurred.