So you are a landlord or agent and you need a simple, all encompassing check list to see if a property complies? Not just with the proposed updates, you want to see if your property meets all landlord electrical regulations/requirements currently in force for private rented properties?
Below is a 'tick list' you can check to see if your rental property complies.
This list (as with the rest of this guide) will be updated as further news about the new electrical inspection regulations becomes available.
So without further ado, here is the “Do I Comply”? Checklist for private rented properties in October 2020:
- Property must have a working smoke alarm on each habitable floor
- Any electrical appliances (fridges, washing machines or similar) supplied must be visually checked and in good working order (PAT test not required, landlord or agent can visually check)
- An EICR is required for any new tenancy This currently applies to 'NEW' tenancies only, existing tenancies have until April 2021 to comply
- For existing tenancies, any electrical installation (fixed wiring, sockets, lights) must be checked and in good working order. This is difficult, whilst there is no requirement currently to complete an EICR for existing tenancies, it is difficult for a landlord to prove it is safe without one.
If you own a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) then slightly different rules and regulations apply. The vast majority of HMOs now require licensing from the local authority. The requirements differ slightly from council to council, however the vast majority of HMOs will now require a valid EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)
A new Electrical Installation Certificate
(EIC) would also suffice, although the extent of work would have to cover a full rewire or new installation.
So to summarise, the landlord electrical regulations are changing quite drastically in 2020.
This is the introduction of mandatory Landlord Electrical Checks in England, bringing it in line with Scotlands rules on Landlord Checks
We have written this guide to hopefully help clear the confusion up for landlords & agents! If you have any questions then please leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer for you!
James - ElectricBlu Contractors