FAO Private Landlords… Are you compliant with the latest regulations?

The recent changes to the Electrical Regulations for private rented properties have put landlords in a difficult position. If you’ve rented your property out since 1st June 2020, and going forward, you need an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) completed by a qualified person.

Now, here at Sureworks, we understand that you have enough on your plate as a landlord. We also understand that the compliance and safety of your tenancy is important to you, which is why we’ll take care of it.

 

Breaking down what you actually need to do…

Like most regulation reports, lots of technical jargon is used and it isn’t always clear what exactly is being asked of you. We thought we’d make it clear what you now need to do as a private landlord and how we will take care of it for you. Like we said, we know you’re busy.

Q – What are we testing?

A – Essentially, we’re ensuring Standards of 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations are met; making sure every electrical installation in a residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of no more than 5 years or, where the most recent report specifies.

Q – How often do these tests need to be carried out?

A – The 5 yearly interval is a maximum. The report you will get will indicate how long the test lasts for and when you will next need to have the test carried out. For example, if the report says it only lasts for one year, the test will have to be carried out within one year.

We will let you know how long it will last for once we’ve carried out the test. We will also include it in your report to ensure you and your tenants are always safe and compliant.

Q – What about if you get a new tenant?

A – The regulations do not require a report at every new tenancy. It’s only the first report which is before the tenancy commences, or before 1 April 2021, whichever comes first.

Once you have a report, the time frame mentioned earlier applies (maximum five years depending on what’s detailed on the report). You’ll need to keep a copy of the report until the next test is due and a copy will need to be given to your tenant before they occupy the premises.

Q – When do these new regulations come into effect?

A – The latest guidance applies to new tenancies that began on or after 1 June 2020 and to existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. Proven breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000 and we don’t want you getting caught out.

 

What to do now

Simply contact us here, and we’ll do the rest. Our highly qualified team of specialists are already carrying out these tests throughout Shropshire and Mid-Wales to ensure your property, tenancy and electrical installations are safe.

Book in with us today, take this worry off your plate, and know that you are compliant.

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