On 13th January 2020, the government produced a draft legislation outlining The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, which will come into force from 1st July 2020.
The legislation states that all new tenancies beginning after the 1st July 2020 will require an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) certificate to have been carried out by a registered electrician, and to be given to the tenants before they occupy the property, and again within 28 days of any certificate renewal. This is on all types of tenancies, including non-housing act tenancies, such as company lets.
EICRs are valid for a maximum of five years and must be completed to the standard stated on the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the British Standards Institution as BS 7671: 2018.
Whilst the new law will come into effect on 1st July 2020, the legislation will not come into effect for existing tenancies until 1st April 2021, at which point EICRs will be a legal requirement on every rental property.
Alexander & Co have been predicting this legislation for some time, and it has always been part of our best practice to recommend to our landlords that EICRs are undertaken on properties. We have been arranging EICRs for our landlords for years, and are pleased that this will be fully enforced in the coming months. With the announcement of the new legislation, electricians across the country are going to be in high demand to complete EICRs on properties, and also complete any remedial works too. To avoid getting caught out, we advise getting EICRs completed on your properties sooner rather than later, whilst there is still plenty of time before the deadline. Certificates last up to five years (although this may be less, depending on the conclusion of the report), and we imagine that prices for EICRs may increase the closer we get to the deadline, so getting them done early could save you some time and money.
‘Tenant safety is of the utmost importance to us,’ said Derek Turney, our Aylesbury Head of Property Management. ‘We fully support the new legislation around EICRs, and are pleased to see the government making practical changes like this, helping landlords protect themselves and their tenants. Many of our clients already have EICRs completed on their properties on our advice, and we’re pleased to see that this will be fully enforced shortly.’
If you need any help or advice arranging an EICR to be conducted on your property, get in touch with local Alexander & Co team, who will be able to recommend one of our trusted contractors to carry out the work.
Alexander & Co is committed to staying abreast of any new legislation, and we will continue to update you with any new information as and when we receive it. We expect further guidance to the draft legislation in the coming months, and will alert you of any further information once we have it.