Changes In Electrical Safety Checks for Landlords
When renting a property, there is plenty for you need to keep in mind to protect both your tenant, and your property.
One of the latest things to be introduced are mandatory electrical safety checks (EICRs). So, what are they and what does this mean for you?
What Are Mandatory Electrical Safety Checks And Why Were They Introduced?
The Government has proposed brand new regulations that relate to electrical safety in the privately rented homes across England. These are set to come into action from:
- 1st July for any new tenancies
- 1st April 2021 if the tenancy is already existing.
There are a variety of things that these electrical safety measures cover, and that it is vital that landlords are aware of, and put in place.
The first is the need for regular inspection of any electrical installations within a property, this should be at least once every 5 years. This is a mandatory requirement for the majority of properties that are privately rented.
Not only this, but these checks need to be carried out by a qualified electrician and signed off by a qualified supervisor.
Once the safety report has been completed it will need to be shared with the tenant, this needs to be done within 28 days of the inspection being carried out. You may also find that your local authority asks for a copy.
Finally, if any issues develop within the property, then the landlord is responsible for identifying the potential fault and ensuring that it is repaired and fixed by a qualified person. Failure to do this can result in a fine of up to £30,000 for the landlord from their local authority.
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