From July 1, 2022, new regulations came into force introducing new Electrical Installation Condition Report standards and legal requirements for the service of consent documents in the private leasing sector. This means that in England and Wales, all landlords must notify eligible persons. In addition, from 1 April 2023, all tenants must obtain a valid copy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report, regardless of whether the tenant was enable before the regulation came into force. And recent regulatory changes have been made to comply with legal obligations.
What is the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a certificate that describes the safety and general condition of all electrical equipment and appliances on the property. The report will be prepare after a detail assessment by a qualified electrician. The electrician performs a visual inspection and performs some tests on the equipment. To make sure everything is working safely and complying with the minimum control standards. If the electrician detects a dangerous fault. Record it with the appropriate recommendation code and notify the landlord of any necessary repairs.
What are the new rules? And how are they different?
The landlord always has a legal obligation to keep his property. Safe in front of and between the tenant and criminal negligence. If the tenant is damage by a fault in the electrical equipment. However, until now, unless the landlord has rent a home in several occupations (HMOs). There is no obligation to submit the documents to the general EICR assessment or occupants of the property.
Under the new rule, which came into force in July 2020, landlords in the UK. Must have an EICR check every five years and tenants must provide a copy of the certificate. To demonstrate compliance, landlords must confirm:
- Schedule an inspection by a qualified appraiser (electrician) and obtain a certification. Detailing the inspection result and the next require inspection date. This is mandatory for new tenants starting after July 1 and for existing tenants by April 1, 2021. Including legal general tenants create after the renewal and expiration.
- Please provide a copy of the EICR before moving into a resident property.
- If you would like to replace the Electrical Installation Condition Report, please provide the resident with a copy within 28 days of inspection.
- And If a copy is request or sanctions are expect. The ERIC will be sent to the local authority within 7 days.
- If the landlord requests a copy in writing, the ERIC will be deliver to the owner within 28 days.
- Upon request, provide EICR to prospective residents (who are currently offering real estate) within 28 days.
What if I already have EICR before July 1, 2022?
The government has confirm that existing EICR certificate will be valid. Under the new law if they are under the age of five.
Homemade rental director Rachael Harris advises:
“If you have already receive a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report within 5 years. Please check the electrician’s comments in the report and consider. It is advisable to check again. The update Electrical Installation Condition Report guarantees the security and security of intruders.
What if my assets are not subject to EICR?
If the report recommends completing a breach of safety standards reveal by an electrician within 28 days. I am doing it.
Please confirm in writing from a qualified person that the work has been carried out. That electrical safety regulations have been observe. Within 28 days after the construction is complete. Each property user must submit a copy of the original requesting inspection. Or restoration work and a written confirmation.
Within 28 days of completing the work, submit the same written certificate. And a copy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report to the local housing authorities.
What enforcement measures can I take in the event of an infringement?
Municipalities are responsible for enforcing regulations and have some authority. To secure private rental properties. In the former case, the municipality should inspect the property to investigate suspect violations and. If it finds non-essential repair work, notify the landlord explaining the work to be done. If the landlord wishes to appeal against the notice of appeal. He must appeal to the local government within 21 days of receiving the notice. This should be done within 7 days.
At the end of the notification period, if the municipality is convince. That the landlord is in breach of duty, the municipality may, with the permission of the tenant. Provide the property to complete the liquidation process.
The local government collects the cost of work from the landlord. If the local government determines that the landlord violates the rules and needs. To carry out repair work as an urgent matter. It will immediately carry out the emergency repair with the permission of the tenant. And pay the cost incur to the landlord. You can claim it. Local governments may impose civil law fines of up to 30,000 forint for violating electrical safety regulations.
How can we help?
Home Made helps landlords set up people who are eligible to perform and inspect the EICR of their property. If you have any questions, we will discuss the details of the requirements.
Read the checklist for a comprehensive overview of the landlord’s legal obligations. You can find out more about our services on our employers page. If you want to talk to us about your Electrical Installation Condition Report. Please contact us through our website to find out how we can help.