Changes to the Electrical Safety Regulations mean that from 1st April 2021, landlords must ensure all fixed electrical installations in their properties are safe, maintained correctly and are inspected and tested every five years by a qualified electrician. The electrician must also provide an Electrical Installation Report (EICR).
Electrical Installation Report (EICR)
Copies of the EICR(s) must be must be provided to the tenant(s) and if requested, the council. Any remedial works deemed essential on the EICR need to be completed within 28 days of the report. If landlords fail to comply with the regulations, they could be fined up to £30,000.
A certificate must be less than five years old to be considered valid. If the landlord’s current certificate was done more than five years ago, it is no longer valid and they must get an up-to-date EICR.
How Moores Can Help
We welcomed this change in legislation (although the timing wasn’t ideal with the lockdown still delaying many maintenance visits). We understand that professional landlords with a quality property will want to ensure it is safe for their tenants. Keeping up-to-date with safety regulations not only means tenants are kept safe, but landlords can achieve optimum rent and long-term tenants that remain in the property as it runs smoothly. Safety work should always be conducted professionally and efficiently for all parties to remain safe and compliant.
Landlord clients signed up to our Full Management service have already have been contacted about these works as we prepared for this well in advance of the 1st April 2021 deadline date. Our Mainatainence Team have arranged hundreds of electrical inspections in the last 12 months to ensure that all of our clients and tenants remain protected. We have also organised the remedial work within the required 28 day period. We instruct a qualified electrician for the EICR. The same contractor does not undertake any remedial works recommended, for which we obtain open market quotations from our great team of qualified electricians who can ensure any necessary work is carried out promptly and to a high standard.
Compliance work should be embraced by all as the end result is a safe property that produces a good income.
If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0113 2742033.
You can also find out more about the Electrical Safety Regulations on the government website here.