Why we highly recommend Electrical Safety tests
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 are a welcome piece of legislation that will help to clarify the definition of 'safe' and mean that all landlords will now be required to do what good landlords already do: to ensure that the electrics in their rental property are not dangerous.
New or renewed tenancies must have a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) before they can legally start. The Regulations mean that landlords are required to undertake an EICR in accordance with the 18th edition of the 'Wiring Regulations' (British Standard 7671), where the electrical installations are inspected and tested by a competent person (holding relevant certifications, qualifications and insurance). Landlords must provide a copy of the report to their tenants and they are also obliged to carry out any investigative or remedial works indicated in the report. Furthermore, they should also provide the certificate to an applicant and the local authority, if requested.
The Inspection should:
The electrician will score recommendations with a Code 1 - 4 with 1 & 2 being serious and urgently requiring remedial work.