Your obligations as a landlord
The majority of landlords play an active role in ensuring their tenants' safety and contribute positively to the housing market. However, a small fraction fails to meet these responsibilities, compromising the well-being of their tenants.
From April 1, 2021, new regulations have been implemented. These regulations mandate landlords to arrange for regular inspections and testing of the electrical installations in their properties. These inspections must be conducted by qualified and competent individuals, with a minimum frequency of every five years. Landlords are required to provide their tenants with a copy of the electrical safety report, and if requested, to the local authority.
These regulations essentially reinforce what responsible landlords already do: prioritise the safety of electrical installations in their rental properties.
WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS?
The standards to be met are outlined in the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations.
According to the regulations, landlords must ensure that electrical safety standards are met and take necessary investigative or remedial actions as indicated in the report.
The electrical installation should be deemed safe for continued use. If the report does not recommend further investigation or remedial work, landlords are not obligated to carry out any additional actions.
THE INSPECTION REPORT
Landlords must obtain a report, typically an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), from the inspector. This report details the findings of the inspection and outlines any necessary investigative or remedial work.
Within 28 days of the inspection and test, landlords must provide a copy of the report to the tenant, prior to a new tenant moving in, and within 28 days of receiving a request from a prospective tenant.
Upon request from the local authority, landlords must supply a copy of the report within 7 days.
If the report identifies the need for remedial work or further investigation, landlords must provide written confirmation to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completing the work.
Landlords should retain a copy of the report to provide to the inspector and tester for future inspections.
Local authorities have the authority to impose financial penalties of up to £30,000 on landlords who fail to fulfil their obligations.
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