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Electrical Checks to Become Mandatory in July 2020

Plans to make electrical safety checks mandatory in England have been put before Parliament for the first time.

How does this affect me?


From July 2020, landlords will need a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) to create NEW tenancies.

 

From April 2021, the rules will expand to all ongoing tenancies.

The EICR will remain valid for five years.

 

It covers the electrical fixtures, fittings and any fixed equipment, like boilers or hard-wired smoke alarms, to ensure the safety of the tenants and the property. 

 

Stand-alone appliances will be subject to the annual PAT testing already in place.

Is there a penalty for non-compliance?


Landlords failing to comply with the new requirement could face a fine of up to £30,000.  The new rules will be enforced by the local authority.

 

Can BeeMyHome carry out the EICR?

 

Yes.  We offer this service both for our managed properties and also on an ad-hoc basis for our self-managing Landlords.  

 

BeeMyHome employs a fantastic team of contractors who help us ensure your tenancies are always complaint.  We offer EICR checks for between £130 - £180 depending upon the size of the property.

 

What if the EICR identifies a fault?

 

If the EICR identifies a fault, the landlord must investigate and organise repairs by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection, or within the timeframe of the report if sooner. 

 

BeeMyHome can oversee any repairs for you, as necessary.

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Posted on Monday 24th February 2020

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