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Mandatory electrical checks for the private rented sector

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Mandatory electrical checks for the private rented sector

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were passed by Parliament in March 2020. The Regulations mean that electrical safety checks must be carried out on all privately rented properties at five-yearly intervals, starting from 1 July 2020 for new tenancies and from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies. These mandatory checks provide a big opportunity for electricians.




From 1st April 2021, it will be a legal requirement for all privately rented properties in England to have their wiring installations inspected every five years. The inspection must be completed by a qualified electrician, who should issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Any remedial work must be completed within 28 days of the report issue date, or sooner if required.


The purpose of the new Regulations is to ensure that private tenants are safe from risk of electrical shock or fire. Faulty wiring is the most common cause of electrical fire in the home, and many properties have very old wiring systems which need to be repaired or replaced. The new mandatory checks are a positive step forward for electrical safety.


The private rented sector comprises a large proportion of England's housing, and every single one of those properties needs to have an up-to-date EICR. This presents a huge opportunity for electricians to work with landlords to service their portfolio now and in the future. 


Are you clued up on the requirements and ready to offer your services for the provision of EICRs? If you have any questions please let us know in the comments.


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