Electrical Installation Condition Reports Just Became Legal
If you are a landlord, you may be used to the government enforcing procedural changes and compulsory actions that are required to improve health and safety for all rented properties.
At Serviceteam we want to keep you informed while staying ahead of the curve on legal matters. The latest legislation to be implemented for all UK landlords to complete is the EICR, also known as an electrical installation condition report.
This electrical safety certificate serves to prove that a professional, sound and thorough inspection has taken place.
The EICR will be a legal document that is issued by a qualified electrician and whilst at the moment it is beneficial to have, it will become a
mandatory element of owning a tenanted house.
This might not come as a huge surprise to some of you since these talks, announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government came about around 18 months ago, in July 2018.
So, what does these reports really mean?
Whilst it is the responsibility of the Landlords to supply this mandatory electrical safety checks report, tenants and electricians will all need to be aware of this change and ensure the right documents are being supplied when the legislation is fully enforced.
For those of you that already possess an EICR, you don’t need to worry until the five-year report expires, so just be aware.
What’s the plan?
Whilst the guidelines and stipulations are yet to be fully outlined for our private landlords and estate agents this new safety measure will come into effect to ensure all rented properties in the UK are safe and the electricals are correctly installed and in working order.
In essence, all privately rented accommodation in England will require a compulsory five-year electrical installation condition report to highlight that checks have taken place and have been carried out professionally and to code.
This document will be required for submission to your local government as proof to ensure your property is up to scratch.
When is this happening?
These new regulations will come into force on the 1st June 2020, all new specified tenancies will have to comply from the 1st July 2020, whilst all existing tenancies will have until the 1st April 2021 to make sure their properties comply with the new regulations.
We at Serviceteam are able to offer landlords all the safety checks and certificates that are required, leaving Landlords 100% compliant with government regulations.
We are proud to offer these high-quality services; EPC’s, Gas Safety Certificates, Annual Boiler Services, PAT Tests, & Legionella Risk Assessments, using an incredibly skilled workforce to ensure the job is done safely and correctly.
Contact us today to find out more information about our services and mandatory legal requirements for rented homes.