Landlords

PRS - Private rental sector scheme

As of 1st July 2020, landlord's will be at liberty to have an electrical safety test carried out for all new tenancy agreements and it is mandatory to have this retested very five years (or less if they installation only just passes the test.

 

As of 1st April 2021 landlords of existing tenancy agreements must also comply to this new law, failure to do so carries upto £30,000 penalty, for failure to comply.

SO WHAT DO LANDLORDS NEED TO DO

  • Hire a qualified person to carry out an inspection to check that the electrical installations in their rental properties comply with the 2018 edition of the Institute of Engineering and Technology wiring regulations.

  • Ensure the electrician prepares a report detailing: (i) results of the inspection and (ii) date of the next inspection (which will need to be at least every 5 years)

  • Initial inspections need to be carried out before any new tenancy is granted from 1st July 2020, and by 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies.

  • If the report identifies a breach, further investigations must be carried out within 28 days of the inspection, or within a shorter period if specified. Landlords should obtain written confirmation of completion of the remedial works and provide this within 28 days of completion to each existing tenant, and to the local authority.

REPORT REQUIREMENT

  • The report will need to be supplied to new tenants before they move in, to existing tenants within 28 days of receiving it, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of their request to view the report.

SO WHAT IS INVOLVED IN AN EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)

First you need to be registered with a governing body to be able to carry out EICR on behalf of landlords https://www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk/Search

The test its self will take around 4-5 Hours on average.

A series of physical tests and physical inspection need to be carried out socket fronts, light switches, light fittings and other wiring accessories need to be removed to check for the following

  • Connections are tight

  • Are there any signs of thermal damage that could lead to an electrical fire

  • Is the Accessory in safe working order

  • Is the cable protected on entry to the metallic box

and any defects are documented on the certificate with photographic evidence.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME

 

An EICR varies in price depending on the amount of bedrooms in the property and the number of floors, the more bedrooms and floors the more accessories there will be to physically check, normally 25% of each circuit is inspected unless otherwise required, if problems are found it is common practice to check more, as there are likely to be more issues undiscovered.

Also multiple consumer units will increase the price as there will be more testing required.

  • 1-2 Bedroom Flats​ from £165  (up to 6 circuits)

  • 3-4 Bedroom Flat​ from £185 (up to 8 circuits)

  • 1-2 Bedroom House from £175 (up to 6 circuits)

  • 3 Bedroom House from £180 (up to 8 circuits)

  • 4 Bedroom House from £200 (up to 10 circuits)

  • 5 Bedroom House from £300 (up to 12 circuits)

  • additional circuits charged at £15 per circuit

  • Additional Consumer units charged at £50 per board plus circuits

Remember this certificate is only carried out every 5 years, a Gas safe test cost £70 per year  thats £350 over 5 a years period.

Unfortunately there are a number of companies offering tests at very low prices and most columns  of the certificate will be filed with Limitation or LIM for short, or not much testing is actually carried out, you may get a satisfactory certificate but the paper work will be worthless and  you could still end up in court or jail should the worst happen, the other thing that companies do is put a cheap price in for the test and then inflate the price of the remedial works, S E H C Electrical Services don't do either of these, we give a fair price that is competitive, but also carried out to a high standard, and have a steady list of clients that come back to us.

Exclusions

If your property has been tested in the last 5yrs and you have a valid  EICR certificate this will be fine until the certificate date elapses.

A New wired installation with a 10yr Electrical installation certificate, (EIC) will not be valid as a landlord certificate, you will need an electrical installation condition report to rent it out. 

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