From July 2020, new EICR regulations for landlords will come into effect. However, given the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping its way around the world, what does this mean for private landlords? Here is all the information you need to know to ensure that you comply with legislation…
What are the EICR regulations?
All landlords must comply with the new EICR regulations. This means that all electrical installations in their properties require inspection and testing by someone qualified and capable of doing the job. This must be done at least every five years. Landlords must also provide a copy of their EICR report to their tenants and local authority should they request it. If the EICR requires investigative or remedial works, landlords have 28 days to carry this out.
These regulations apply in England to:
· All new specified tenancies from 1st July 2020
· All existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021
Where do EICR regulations stand regarding the coronavirus pandemic?
Despite the pandemic, landlords need to make every effort to ensure they meet these electrical safety regulations and meet the deadline for new specified tenancies from 1st July onwards.
The recent guidance released by MHCLG confirms that the new regulations for the mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector will still go ahead as planned. However, if a landlord can demonstrate that they have done everything they possibly can to comply with regulation, they are not in breach of their duties.
Speak with CEB Electrics for your rental property needs
We understand that this is a stressful time for everyone. But if you are a landlord and you need any help with complying with EICR regulations, look no further than CEB Electrics. Covering Greater Manchester, Cheshire and the North West of England, CEB Electrics is here to provide your property with safe electrics. Whether it be your own home or a property you let, we are here to provide a high-quality electrical service. Get in touch.