The laws around electrical safety in the rental sector have recently changed, as of 1st July 2020 it has become a legal requirement for all rental properties to have an Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICR) in place, and for it to be renewed at least every 5 years.
The requirements apply to all rental properties, including HMOs. Existing tenancies need to have acquired an EICR by 1st April 2021 and for new tenancies, landlords must provide a copy of the most recent EICR before the tenancies are signed.
In the instance of an EICR report identifying a fault, the landlord must instigate a further investigation or carry out any repairs within 28 days of the initial inspection. Failure to comply with these new regulations can result in significant financial penalties of up to £30,000.
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