The Government has introduce mandatory electrical installation inspections for all homes in the private rental sector (PRS).
From 1st July 2020 all new private tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person for a Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) prior to the start of a new tenancy. The Landlord will then be required to ensure that the installation is inspected and tested at least every five years and more regularly if the most recent report requires it.
For existing tenancies, an electrical safety test will need to be carried out by 1st April 2021 for a Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), with regular tests in accordance with the new regulations, which will apply to all properties across private rental sector (PRS). A breach of the regulations could see landlords fined up to £30,000.
This new regulation will bring England in line with Scotland.