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Electrical safety checks

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will apply to all new tenancies on 1 July 2020 and for existing tenancies on 1 April 2021.

The Electrical Safety Regulations will require landlords to:

  • Ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period of a tenancy
  • Have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years, or more frequently if the most recent report requires this
  • Provide a copy of the report (known as the Electrical Safety Condition Report or EICR) to their tenants, and to the local authority if requested
  • If the EICR requires investigative or remedial works, landlords will have to carry this out

Gov.uk Electrical safety standards guide for Landlords

Gov.uk Electrical safety standards guide for Tenants