The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (the Electrical Regulations)

The new Electrical Safety Standards Regulations come into effect on the 1st June 2020 for all new tenancies and for all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

As of this date, you will be required to obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report from a qualified electrical inspector.

A failure to respond so we can update your records could be regarded as a failure to take reasonable steps in complying with the Regulations. As managing agents, we strongly recommend that you provide us with a response as soon as possible. If you would like further information, please contact your local branch who will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the Electrical Regulations require me to do?

A qualified electrician will need to carry out a full inspection and testing of the fixed wiring in your property to ensure that electrical safety standards are being complied with. As managing agents, we will also require a copy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) as the Local Authority can request a copy of the report and proof of all works carried out. Fulfilment of any request by the Local Authority must be within 7 days.

Following the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), what happens if remedial works are identified?

Remedial works on vacant properties must be undertaken prior to a new tenant moving into the property. Remedial works on tenanted properties must be undertaken within 28 days of the completed EICR. If the electrical installation is safe and does not require any remedial action, then no further action will be required until the renewal of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) becomes due. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) usually lasts for a period of five years.

How will this affect my Aviva Rent Protection Policy?

Please be aware that the Aviva Rent Protection Policy may be invalidated if you do not obtain a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) as required.

What happens if there is already a current Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) on my property?

If you already have an existing Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) at the necessary standard, then no further action should be required until the point of expiry of the current certificate. If your property develops an electrical fault in the meantime then the electrician may re-assess the electrics to current standards as part of attending to any fault.

The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is usually valid for up to five years (or sooner as specified on the report).

If you already have an EICR please send  a copy as soon as possible to records will provide evidence of your regulatory compliance and may also be required for insurance purposes.  

What are the categories included on an EICR?

The EICR will show whether the electrical installation is in a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory condition and will detail a list of observations affecting the safety or requiring improvements.

These observations will be supported by codes.

C1: Immediate Danger – There is danger present, risk of injury and immediate remedial action is required

C2: Potentially Dangerous - Urgent remedial action is required

C3: Non-Compliance – Improvement recommended

Under Amendment 3 there is also a Code for:

FI : Which stands for ‘Further Investigation’ is required – Where there is a fault or unknown circuit that may require further investigation within 28 days.

Who will be enforcing the new legislation?

The local Council authority will enforce the legislation. They will have the legal power to enforce the completion of any remedial works.

If the local authority has reason to believe that urgent remedial action is needed, they can serve the Remedial Action Notice on the landlord and to all the occupiers of the property. The local authority can apply a financial penalty for serious breaches of up to £30,000.

Who is able to provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

Any Electrical Inspector you employ to undertake the electrical inspection and testing within your property must have:

  • Adequate insurance of at least £2 million public liability insurance and £250,000 professional indemnity insurance

  • A qualification covering the current version of the wiring regulations (BS 7671)

  • A qualification covering the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations

  • At least two years’ experience in carrying out periodic inspection and testing

How long will it take an inspector to test a property?

This will depend on the size of the property and the number of circuits that require testing but most reports will take 2-4 hours.

Is an inspector allowed to enter my property during the current pandemic?

An inspector is permitted into your property by following current government guidelines and social distancing. Reeds Rains has engaged with its contractors to ensure they have adopted appropriate COVID Secure risk management procedures.

What if my tenant refuses access for an inspector during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

Government guidance to landlords during the pandemic has confirmed that landlords will be deemed to be complying with their responsibilities provided all reasonable steps have been taken to comply with the legislation and as such, we will keep copies of all communication and complete notes on your file in such scenarios where your tenant is unable to provide entry.

How can we help?

We anticipate that there will be a high demand from our clients for electricians to complete these works and recommend that you act now to ensure that you are prepared to meet the requirements of the Electrical Regulations as they apply to your property and tenancy. Any delays may mean works cannot be pre-booked and tasks completed in time.

Our services are summarised as follows:

As a landlord who has chosen a managed service with us, we can assist on the following basis:

For landlords on our Fully Managed service:

  • We will arrange for an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) from a compliant and qualified electrical inspector

  • We will make contact with your tenant on your behalf to explain the legal requirements and to arrange a convenient time for the contractor to attend

  • We will consult with you regarding the report and any required remedial works

  • We will support you in meeting your obligations to comply

For landlords on our Rent Collection service:
Whilst our service agreement does not include the management of the report and/or any required remedial works, we are able to arrange for an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) from a compliant and qualified electrical inspector.

What is the cost of the Electrical Installation Condition Report?

For a property between 1-4 bedrooms, we will arrange a report at a cost of £165+VAT (£198 inc VAT).

For a property of 5 bedrooms or more, we will arrange a report at a cost of £180+VAT (£216 inc VAT).