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Government Announcement On Electrical Safety Checks

Last week the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in a phased approach.

Whilst the implementation date has not yet been clarified, MHCLG has stated its intention to introduce legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows, with landlords being given at least six months to familiarise with the new legislation before it comes into force.

A transitional period will apply for two years. In year one, all new private tenancies will be affected and in year two all existing tenancies will come within scope.

Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since it was issued.

Landlords must ensure that any inspectors hired to issue an EICR hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection. Tough financial penalties will apply where this isn’t complied with.

Since July 2018, we have been expecting the Government to announce an implementation date for mandatory five-yearly electrical checks. Despite MHCLG’s announcement, we are still unsure of when exactly that will be. The Government needs to publish the corresponding Guidance as soon as time allows.

Finally, Landlords are dealing with unprecedented levels of change recently (and there is more to come), the pressure on the the private rented sector to deliver against all of the requirements should not be underestimated.

We will update our Landlords as soon as Government guidance is published.  If you require any advice or have any concerns about your this article or anything related to your rental properties, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8451 9844. 

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