Update on Compulsory Electrical Safety Inspections

We are glad to hear that the Government is now providing dates for when they will be enforcing mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. Currently all landlords are made aware that they are responsible for the safety of the electrics within the legal HHSRS (Housing and Safety Rating System) compliance.  Bringing this to the forefront of the sector with specific obligations, similar to a landlord gas safety inspection will become clearer for landlords to understand and adhere too.

We are proud to be one of the few agents who have been working with our landlords over the recent years with the majority of the properties managed by our agency already having satisfactory EICR reports, with our agency policy of insisting on these upon re-letting. 

Electrical safety checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England, according to Regulations now laid in Parliament. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 look set to become law from April 1 this year, initially applying to all new tenancies in England and from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.

The new legislation confirms that landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.  Copies of the report will have to be provided to prospective tenants on request and given to new tenants before they move in. Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within seven days (it has been mentioned that and any remedial work required must be completed within 28 days, or sooner if specified in the report, this is currently yet to be finalised.)

Enforcement is by the local authority, which can order that work be done. Failure could result in a civil penalty of up to £30,000.

The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action.  Breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a penalty of up to £30,000

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

It is a periodic inspection report on a property’s safety relating to its fixed wiring. This report has also been labelled as the ‘Landlord Safety Test’ or ‘Homebuyers Test’ and should be conducted by a qualified electrician.  During an EICR, the consumer unit (or fuse board), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards.

Why do I need an EICR?

The main purpose of an EICR is to check the condition of an installation, detecting and recording any factors that might affect safety.

Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes of electrical fires in the home but you can reduce the risk of a fire by regularly checking your cables, switches and sockets, to check their condition.

Can Royston & Lund help you?

We are totally committed to providing the best possible service, which was reflected at the prestigious ESTA awards when were recognised for this and won ‘Best Estate Agent in the UK 2018’. 

We were the top agent in our area for new lettings instructions for 2019 in West Bridgford and surrounding area (as recorded by Rightmove.co.uk).*

 

With our core principles being honesty, integrity and professionalism. A traditional and modern approach is adopted to exceed today's customer requirements.

Our ethos of ensuring potential landlords are fully aware of all legal aspects associated with owning a rental property is one of the many reasons why we have the reputation of providing good quality rental accommodation in the Rushcliffe and surrounding areas.

One of our key objectives is to let your property quickly, at the best possible rent and to source good quality tenants who are going to pay on time, look after your property and ultimately provide you with a stress-free let! Our ability to exceed in all three areas relies heavily on all our staff possessing the knowledge, skills and expertise to get the job done and working together as a team.

For your protection we are members of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, The Property Ombudsman Scheme, The Guild of Property Professionals, and hold Client Money Protection.

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If we can help you with your rental property please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel: 0115 914 1122 or email: [email protected].