So you are a landlord and you need a simple, all encompassing check list to see if your property complies? But not just with the proposed updates, you want to see if your property meets all electrical regulations/requirements currently in force for private rented properties.
Well we’ll give a quick run down of all the applicable regulations, together with 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 2019:
- Property must have a working smoke alarm on each habitable floor
- Any electrical appliances (fridges, washing machines or similar) supplied must be checked and in good working order (PAT test not required)
- 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, 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).
So to summarise, the landlord electrical regulations are changing quite drastically in 2019. We have written this guide to hopefully help clear the confusion up for landlords! If you have any questions then please leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer for you!
James - ElectricBlu Contractors