New Regulations

Five Yearly Electrical Checks

From 1st June 2020, private landlords in England will be required to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe.

This means that:

  • Electrical Installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of
    a new tenancy from 1st July 2020
  • Checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by the
    1st April 2021

These checks must then be carried out on a five-yearly basis.

A copy of the most recent electrical safety condition report (EICR) must be provided to both new and retained tenants.

The landlord is responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent. Using an electrician or firm that is a member of an accredited registration scheme operated by a recognized body will give you the confidence that this has been achieved.

Mandatory Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

All tenanted residences now require a smoke alarm on every floor, which must be tested at the start of each tenancy. Landlords who do not comply with this new regulation could be reprimanded with a fine of £5,000.

Similarly, rooms with a solid fuel heating system – burning wood, coal or biomass -must also be fitted with a carbon monoxide detector. This too should be tested at the start of each tenancy. For the moment gas, oil and LPG heating remain exempt.

If you wish to learn more about this subject go to our comprehensive page on landlord insurance.

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