Electrical Safety Checks for Landlords – What You Need to Know

May 21, 2020
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Updated Legislation for Electrical Inspections & Testing for Tenanted Properties

In recent years, the government has introduced several measures to ensure landlords are meeting safety standards in their properties. One of the new health and safety standards that have been recently enacted is an update in legislation to electrical safety checks for landlords.

Our guide to electrical safety checks for landlords covers what the checks entail and why they’re necessary, to make sure that you understand the new requirements.

What You Need to Know About Electrical Safety Checks for Landlords

Why are these checks necessary?

Landlords have a legal duty to ensure their properties and any equipment included as part of the tenancy is safe, which is why regular inspections and checks of electrical installations are required, as part of a landlord’s duty of care to their tenants.

What are Five Yearly Electrical Checks?

From July 1st 2020, the rules are changing and landlords will be legally required to have the electrical installation in their properties checked by a qualified engineer, to make sure they’re safe and that they meet the latest wiring regulations.  This new ruling means that electrical installations need to be inspected and tested prior to a new tenancy starting and that properties with existing tenancies must be inspected by 1st April 2021. From there on in, the checks must be carried out every five years.

What do Five Yearly Electrical Checks involve?

These safety checks involve an assessment of the electrical systems (such as sockets and light fittings) and electrical items that have been included in the tenancy (like ovens, lamps and heaters). This should only be carried out by a registered electrician, who will then provide you with an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), which will inform you whether the system is safe or whether improvements are required.

Is an EICR the same thing as PAT testing?

No, PAT testing (portable appliance testing) is strictly for appliances and is not a replacement for an EICR, which checks the wider electrical installation. However, it’s a good additional check to put in place to keep your tenants safe.

What happens if I don’t comply with the regulations?

If you’re found to be in breach of the government’s regulations, you can be fined up to £30,000 per breach. Landlords have a period of 28 days to carry out any non-urgent works identified in the EICR.

Can I book these checks in with you?

Yes, you certainly can; though we’re only able to attend to emergencies at present due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus outbreak, however, we hope to be able to return to providing our full services as soon as it is safe to do so. Please contact us directly for more information on booking electrical safety checks for landlords.

Please Note:

Currently, we are temporarily closed and will remain so until it is safe for us to fully reopen again. Our services remain in place for electrical emergencies for domestic, industrial and commercial customers. If you have a genuine electrical emergency, please call us on 01752 338495 or 07802 827636. Please stay home and stay safe. 

About JAH Electrical Services Ltd, Plymouth, Devon

From our offices in Plymouth, Devon, our trained Engineers carry out high quality Electrical Contracting work across the private and public sectors, including Healthcare, Education, and Housing. We also carry out domestic work locally. Below you will see our Accreditations, including NIC EIC Approved Contractor and Constructionline. 
You can call us on 01752 338495 or you will find all of our contact info on our Contact page. Thanks for reading, Jamie Hitchcock, MD, JAH Electrical Services Ltd.