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.
So without further ado, here is the “Do I Comply”? Checklist for private rented properties as of January 2023:
- Property must have a working smoke alarm on each habitable floor
- A working carbon monoxide alarm must be fitted in any room with a 'fuel burning appliance' (this includes both solid fuel and gas - so any room with a boiler, hob, gas oven or similar)
- 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)
- A satisfactory EICR is required for ANY tenancy
- Electrical installation must be maintained throughout the interim period between EICRs. (No separate interim inspections are required, however all wiring must be kept in a safe working order throughout the tenancy)
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 have changed quite drastically in the run up to 2023.
Both Scotland & England now have requirements for PRS (Private Rented Sector) landlords to have satisfactory EICRs in order to rent a property
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