The ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have made an announcement. The announcement is that electrical installation checks are now mandatory every five years. This affects private rented houses in England and is due to go live before the end of the year. Please see the governments article regarding this – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/guide-for-tenants-electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector
The legislation will take at least 6 months to come into force. This will allow letting agents and landlords time to familiarise themselves with the ruling.
A transitional period will apply for a period of two years. In year one the legislation applies to all new private tenancies. In year two all existing tenancies will come within the scope.
All current electrical safety reports will not need replacing until they expire in five years’ time.
In our opinion the inspectors hired to issue an EICR should be electricians. They need to hold the correct qualifications and be competent. Tough financial penalties will apply where this is not complied with.
The Government announced in 2018 that it would be looking to put in place a date for mandatory five-year electrical checks. The Government will be publishing corresponding guidelines and guidance as soon as is possible.
What is an EICR
It is a condition report for the following: –
- Identify overloading of electrical circuits or equipment
- Find any potential electric shock risk and hazard
- Identify defective electrical work
- Identify any lack of earthing or bonding
Testing will be carried out on wiring and fixed electrical items, to check that they are safe. They can also provide a schedule of circuits which can be helpful in the future.
The report will contain EICR codes that form the electrical condition report. These will outline any issues found on the EICR report. These are as follows: –
C1: Immediate danger – Exposed live parts, open gap in the consumer unit, badly damaged accessories, conductive parts are live due to a fault. These are the works that require immediate attention. The electrician cannot leave site until they are completed.
C2: Potential danger – Poor earthing, absence of earthing at a socket, absence of RCD for personal equipment used outside or in the bath or shower room.
C3: Improvement recommended – Absence of an RCD, under sized bonding conductor, failure to meet general standards and regulations.
Compulsory electrical reports have been in the pipeline with the Government for a considerable time. They are essential for ensuring that properties are safe. It is so important from a landlord’s point of view that they do these earlier rather than later. We suspect that the cost of these will rise dramatically. With a limited number of electricians in the market people will start to offer the services even if they are not qualified enough. If you require any further information regarding electrical safety please refer to our previous article – https://harringtonslettings.co.uk/reports-electrical-safety-in-the-private-rental-sector/