Well, the latest round of landlord electrical regulations due to be introduced shortly will be changing this soon.
Currently, there is no “enshrined in law” requirement to have a landlord electrical report in order to let a property.
Certain insurers & mortgage lenders however, have requirements that you have to possess a valid landlord electrical report in order to use their particular service.
We have also seen a rise in the number of estate and letting agents who are making it a requirement that you have a valid report before they will advertise your property.
In todays “where there is blame, there is a claim” culture, these businesses are seeking to ensure that the electrics within your property are safe for use.
Whilst the electrics in your rental property might seem OK, or have worked fine for some time, it is impossible to tell if it is actually safe without having completed a report.
I don’t just mean that ‘speaking to the landlord’, even as electricians, it is impossible to verify the safety by visual inspection alone.