Landlords – Ready For EICR Changes In April 2021?

Landlords – Ready For EICR Changes In April 2021?

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2021

At Aspire Sales & Lettings, we appreciate how challenging a landlord's role is at the best of times. In the past year, the letting industry, like so many, have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

However, life goes on, with landlords having to comply with existing, updated and new regulations at this time.

In April 2021, the EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Reports) apply to every rental property.

Some landlords are already complying with these regulations, which have been in place for properties let after June 2020.

However, given everything else that has been going on, you can forgive landlords for not being up to speed with something which might not yet affect them, but soon will.

Landlords must familiarise themselves with these regulations

If you are not aware of these regulations, it is vital you act sooner rather than later.

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.

Ordinarily, this would be a straightforward process, but few things run as smoothly as we would like in current circumstances. There is a chance the lockdown period will be over before the new regulations are in place.

This will provide landlords with time to arrange the test, but not much. Also, even if there is a loosening of lockdown restrictions, it might not be easy to arrange for a professional to attend your rental property.

Last year, many landlords struggled to arrange for an electrician to review their rental property concerning the Green Homes Grant Scheme. It is not unreasonable to think some landlords will be affected this year.

You also have to respect tenants' feelings who are uneasy at welcoming people they don’t know into their home. Some tenants might be shielding, while others might have the Covid-19 virus. However, there is a need to support tenants and ensure rental properties meet the expected standards.

The sooner you respond, the more likely it will be to find a solution that suits you and your tenant. As always, Aspire Sales & Lettings are here to help. We offer a range of property management services. If you would like us to ensure your rental property complies with EICR regulations, and all other matters, please contact us today.

When you are looking for specialist support in selling or letting, choose a local agent who listens to their clients carefully and takes pride in providing the utmost in customer care. We appreciate these are challenging times, but if you have any property market questions, please feel free to contact Aspire Sales, Lettings & Property Management, and we will do our best to assist you.