f you are a landlord you may (or may not?) have heard that the 18th edition to the wiring regulations were introduced in 2018. Whilst the 18th edition of BS7671 (the UK wiring regulations) was actually released on 2nd July 2018, the date after which new installations have to comply is 31st December 2018.
This means that any new electrical work has to comply with the standards set out in this new document.
It should be noted that this does NOT backwards apply to existing installations. There is no requirement to bring your existing electrical installations up to 18th edition standards.
This will also NOT affect like-for-like swaps. If existing light fittings break then these can still be swapped without needing to rectify other parts of the installation. Damaged sockets or switches can also be swapped, like-for-like.
Where this will affect you, is if you are having any NEW installation works completing. This does not just mean total new build houses or rewires, but additional sockets or lights fall under these regulations as they are classed as “new installations”. Also covered is moving sockets & switches (due to the extra lengths of cable involved this would be classed as a new installation) and replacing fuse boards/consumer units.