Landlords – Are You Up To Date With EICR Changes?

 

While being a landlord can be rewarding, it is a difficult role. You have a lot of regulations to stay in touch with, and many of these are updated on a regular basis. You also have new regulations to familiarise yourself with, and ensure you comply with.

At Regal Estates, we are on hand to help landlords manage their rental property, and provide tenants with the best standard of service.

You should be aware that as of April 2021, the EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Reports) apply to every rental property.

EICR has been in place for properties let after June 2020, so many landlords are already compliant and familiar with the regulations.

While being a landlord can be rewarding, it is a difficult role. You have a lot of regulations to stay in touch with, and many of these are updated on a regular basis. You also have new regulations to familiarise yourself with, and ensure you comply with.

Familiarise yourself with these regulations

However, you might not be, and when you consider everything that has happened in the past year, you would be forgiven for some things slipping by you. Of course, that is no excuse, and it is vital landlords act sooner rather than later when it comes to this matter.

According to the regulations, as stated on the Government website, landlords must:

• Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.
• Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
• Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
• Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
• Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
• Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
• Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
• Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester 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 in the report.
• Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.

 

Carrying out the check

A qualified electrician must undertake the inspection, and this professional should be on the registered competent person list. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but of course, these are far from normal times.

There is a chance the lockdown period will be over before the new regulations are in place. If this is the case, you might be able to arrange for a professional to attend your rental premises with a minimum of fuss or effort.

Of course, lockdown restrictions might still be in place. There might also be reasons why you cannot arrange for an electrician to attend your rental accommodation as easily as you would like.

In 2020, a lot of landlords struggled to arrange for electricians to review their property with respect to the Green Homes Grant Scheme. This might also be the case in 2021 and the EICR, so it is imperative you act quickly.

Of course, this is all part of the service we offer to landlords who use our property management services. If you want the peace of mind which comes from our services, please get in touch.

If you are interested in our lettings or property management services or you are looking to buy, sell, let or rent property in or around Willesden, call us on 020 8459 2530 and a member of our estate and letting agent team will be happy to help.