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Calling all Landlords – Are you in for a Shock?

Calling all Landlords – Are you in for a Shock?

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR’s) were made mandatory for new tenancies from June 2020, however from 1st April 2021, all tenancies will need an EICR.

Failure to obtain an EICR for your rental property by 1st April 2021 could result in facing a fine of up to £30,000.

If you haven’t got an EICR for your rental property yet, you need to act quickly.

 

What is an EICR?

It’s basically an MOT for the electrics in a rental property. A suitably qualified electrician (visit NICEIC to find one) checks that all electrical installations such as the wiring, sockets, and lights are in safe working order.

Any faults are graded, ranging from C1 (the worst rating, requiring immediate action) through to C3 (meaning improvement is recommended but not required).

 

How long is an EICR valid for?

Five years.

 

Who enforces the EICR?

Local authorities. Landlords must present an EICR within seven days of a request from the local authority.

 

What happens if there’s a problem?

You must act; the safety of your tenants and your property could be at stake.

 

What do landlords do once they have an EICR?

Landlords must supply a copy to each tenant within 28 days of the inspection and retain a copy for themselves.

 

What about Covid-19?

It may be difficult for an electrician to enter a property if your tenant is self-isolating. But you must have evidence that you have taken all reasonable steps to comply with the regulations, so keep a detailed paper trail.

 

It’s not too late, but time is of the essence, even if it’s merely to process the report but moreso if it’s to undertake remedial works, don’t delay any further, book your inspection today.

If you have questions about EICRs, get in touch with us here at MARTIN & CO.