Landlord compliance, don’t get caught out
As if the year 2020 isn’t riddled with enough issues, if you’re a landlord in the private rented sector you may be feeling under even more pressure because of the new electrical safety standards that were introduced by the government earlier this year.
It’s only right and fair that landlords keep their tenant’s safe and, of course, most do but there are some landlords out there that aren’t meeting the required standards, which up until the new regulations came into force may have gone unnoticed.
Landlord compliance and tenant safety is at the heart of our lettings business, so we thought a recap for landlords would be useful so that you don’t get caught out.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
On 1 June 2020, the government’s Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations came into force, as part of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s plan to improve safety in the private rented sector.
As set out on the government’s website “these new Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested”.
So, an EICR essentially identifies any electrical installation safety issues and makes recommendations for how these issues can be remedied. In simple terms, it’s a bit like a car MOT, and we all know that it’s illegal to drive around without one.
How do I get an EICR?
It couldn’t be simpler! Become a John Shepherd Lettings’ Landlord today and we will manage our designated and appointed contractor to conduct and complete the EICR for you.
How much will an EICR cost me?
It really depends on your requirements. We have various different packages available for John Shepherd Lettings’ Landlords, which we can tailor for you. Any one of our friendly team can guide you through the costs.
Once I’ve got an EICR, what do I do next?
You must supply a copy of the report as follows:
- to existing tenants within 28 days of the inspection and test
- to new tenants before they move in
- to prospective tenants within 28 days of receiving a request for the report
- to your local authority within 7 days of receiving a request for the report
You must also undertake any remedial works and supply written confirmation that the works are complete to the tenant and your local authority within 28 days.
Finally, you must retain a copy of the report, ready for the next inspection and test.
Is there any small print?
No small print, but some clear words of warning:
- Take note of the crystal-clear guidance above on what you must do with the report
- Get an electrical installation inspection and test, and therefore obtain a new EICR at least every five years OR when there is a change of tenant
Because if you don’t…you could face fines of up to £30,000. But moreover, you could be putting lives in danger.
How can we help you?
At John Shepherd we have been moving more people for over 25 years. And we’ve got the awards to prove it!