Under the 2020 regulations, landlords must have their property’s electrical installations inspected and tested by a qualified person at least every five years.
This requirement covers all private tenancies, including Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), where the property is the main or only residence of the tenant and rent is paid.
After each inspection and test, landlords are required to obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
This report must be given to the current tenant within 28 days of the inspection, to new tenants before they move in, and to prospective tenants within 28 days of request.
If requested, landlords must supply a copy of the EICR to the local authority within 7 days.
Landlords must complete any urgent repair or investigative work identified in the EICR (coded as C1, C2, or FI) within 28 days or a shorter period as specified in the report.
Once completed, landlords must provide written confirmation of the remedial works to both the tenant and the local authority within 28 days.
The regulations focus on fixed electrical installations and do not cover electrical appliances provided by the landlord.
It’s advised that landlords conduct Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) on any electrical appliance provided and share the results with tenants.
Landlords must comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations, requiring smoke alarms on every storey and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with solid fuel-burning appliances.
Landlords should ensure that common areas of the building, which are crucial for fire escape routes, have adequate lighting, emergency lighting, and fire alarm coverage.
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The introduction of the Private Rental Sector Regulations 2020 marks a significant shift in the UK’s approach to rental property standards. For landlords, staying informed and compliant isn’t just a legal necessity – it’s integral to ensuring the safety of your tenants and the integrity of your properties.
Ensuring your properties are inspected and tested by qualified personnel every five years is now a fundamental requirement.
This is why we have made it so easy for you to book. It doesn’t matter what time you or your tenants are available, book at any time, day or night.
Addressing any identified issues promptly isn’t just about compliance; it’s about safety and reliability.
We always install RCBO boards, for your ease and convenience. In the event of a fault your tenant will not lose all their power.
Keeping thorough records of all inspections, tests, and any actions taken is crucial for both regulatory compliance and peace of mind.
We have an online portal that allows you to access any of your properties information, day or night, at the click of a button.