Update on EICR regulations for landlords during the coronavirus pandemic
As of July 2020, new EICR regulations for landlords come into effect – but with the world currently in the clutches of the coronavirus pandemic, what does this mean for private landlords and their legislative obligations?
As a member of NAPIT and a provider of EICRs (electrical safety certificates), we’ve received updated guidance for EICR regulations in regards to the coronavirus situation, so here’s all the information you need to ensure your compliance…
What are the EICR regulations?
Landlords must abide by the new EICR regulations, which require them to:
- Have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years;
- Provide a copy of the report (known as the Electrical Safety Condition Report or EICR) to their tenants, and to the local authority if requested.
- If the EICR requires investigative or remedial works (e.g. the report has C1, C2 or FI codes), landlords will have to carry this out within 28 days.
These regulations apply in England to:
(a) All new specified tenancies from 1st July 2020; and
(b) All existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021
Do EICR regulations stand during the coronavirus pandemic?
The guidance we’ve received makes it clear that landlords should make every effort to abide by the electrical safety regulations and meet the deadline for new specified tenancies from 1st July onwards.
The guidance released by MHCLG over the weekend confirms that the new regulations for mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector will still go ahead as planned. However, it also makes it clear that if a landlord can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with their duty under the regulations, they’re not in breach of the duty.
We’re hoping to be operational again at the start of May – although we will always work in-line with current government guidance to ensure we don’t risk the safety and wellbeing of our customers. If you need any help with complying with EICR regulations, please contact us and our electricians will be happy to help.