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Electrical Safety Checks

Landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.

The Government has laid The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 meaning landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.

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  • Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within 7 days
  • The private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from the prospective tenant
  • The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action
  • Proven breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000

We have contracts in place with Electricians to carry out the required inspection and can offer rates as follows to all customers of Lenwell (unfortunately, currently we are unable to provide any inspections for landlords that are not clients of Lenwell)

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Where your property is managed by ourselves we will arrange an Electrical Safety Check on your behalf. The current rates are as follows:

  • 0 to 2 Bedroom: £187.50+VAT
  • 3 Bedroom and above: £243.75 + VAT
We have agreed preferential rates for any work required to a property following completion of works. A copy of the latest rates we have agreed can be seen here

  • 01 July 2020 for all new tenancies in England
  • 01 April 2021 for all existing tenancies

Proven breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000

Full name is: Electrical Installation Condition Report, sometimes called:
  • Landlord Safety Test
  • Homebuyers Test
  • Electrical Condition Report
  • EICR

  • Checks if any electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
  • Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Identifies any defective DIY electrical work
  • Highlights any lack of earthing or bonding
  • EICR sticker will be applied to the mains board indicating the next due test date

No, tenant appliances are not part of the check

Portable appliance checks are the responsibility of the appliance owner, therefore, we recommend landlords remove portable appliances from their property prior to letting

We have arranged preferrential rates with local electrical contractors and where your property is managed by us we will arrange the check on your behalf. Current rates are on this home page and a full list of charges for any repair work that could be required can be downloaded from this page

Yes.

Where, on expiry of the fixed term the tenancy rolls over into a periodic tenancy automatically by statute rather than by contract, the periodic tenancy would be a new tenancy. Therefore, those properties let on statutory periodic tenancies where the Fixed Term expires between 1 July 2020 and 1 April 2021 will require an inspection and test at this point under the Regulations.

Yes.

They do not apply to social housing, shared accommodation with a landlord or landlord’s family, long leases, student halls of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices as well as other accommodation relating to healthcare provision.

This is a different type of safety check which is the responsibility of the appliance owner, therefore, we recommend landlords remove portable appliances from their property prior to letting. It is not however currently a legal requirement to have a PAT test done, but it is a legal requirement for landlords to ensure that electrical appliances provided with the property are electrically safe.

Where the landlord has been prevented from entering the property by the tenant or tenants, the landlord will not be deemed to have failed to comply with the Regulations. Keep proof of all communications regarding a tenants refusal to allow access.

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