The Government has introduced legislative requirements from 1st June 2020 for Landlords in the Private Rented Sector in England. The Government has proposed detailed regulations for enforcing mandatory five-year electrical testing safety checks in the private rented sector from July this year. The majority of landlords are proactive when it comes to ensuring the safety of their tenants and make a welcome contribution to the housing market. But a minority fail to do so, putting their tenants in danger as a result.
From 1st July 2020 all-new specified tenancies will require an electrical safety check to be in place.
From 1st April 2021, all existing specified tenancies will require an electrical safety check to be in place.
Landlords insurance has required rental properties to have an electrical test and inspection EICR every five years. However, now this is becoming a legal requirement for landlords. So, what does the EICR Test Procedure involve you can find information on our blog. The new scheme will guide landlords to use registered businesses to carry out these electrical works by the Government.
These new regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at an interval of at least every 5 years.
Project Skills Solutions are Niceic Approved Contractors, Domestic Contractor, and Approved under the Private Rental Scheme. Furthermore, we have been carrying out EICR testing on domestic and commercial premises for many years. So you can rely on our electrical engineers to carry out the required testing to meet the requirements and issue an electrical safety certificate for the property.
What do the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require?
Electrical Testing Safety Reports
The average domestic property will take around 4 hours, and on completion of the electrical test and inspection, the electrical engineer will issue the landlord with EICR certificate. The electrical safety report identifies any faults and the necessary repairs timescales. If your property requires electrical repairs, then we will provide a quotation for the works. As the landlord, you must arrange further investigations or electrical repairs to be completed by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection, or within the timeframe set out in the report if this is shorter.
If the EICR is complete without any failures, then you as the landlord should
- Ensure that they have the certificate signed by the person carrying out the inspection.
- Supply a copy to the tenant within 28 days of carrying out the test.
- Keep a copy of the EICR certificate to give to the person undertaking the next inspection.
- If a tenancy changes, then you must give them a copy of the EICR certificate within 28 days.
So, it now just leaves you to contact us to arrange an appointment to have your EICR test carried out. This can be done by calling 0800 0213 264, use the website chat or complete a contact us form. We are happy to quote for the electrical safety testing in advance if you can provide some basic information about the property. Click here for some guideline EICR prices.
If you need some more information on who can carry out an EICR visit this blog.