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

A new legislation did come into force as from 1 June 2020, they apply to new tenancies from the 1 July 2020 and all tenancies on the renewal of the tenancy. This also applies to renewal tenancies. All lettings agents and landlords will now have to complete a mandatory electrical condition report (EICR) on the property and these works will need to be carried out by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years.

This new regulation applies to assured shorthold tenancies and licenses to occupy.

Exception are set out in Schedule 1 of the Regulations and includes social housing, lodgers, those on a long lease of 7 years or more, student hall of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices, and other accommodations relating to healthcare provisions.

What is expected of privately rented properties.

• Ensure that the electrical safety is met. These guidance has been set out under the 18th edition of the “wiring Regulations” which are published as British Standard 7671.

• The rented property must be tested and inspected by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.

• A report following the test will be sent to the landlord/agent prior to the start of the tenancy or before the renewal of the tenancy ( if not done in the previous five years)

• If a report shows that remedial works are required to bring the property up to the current legislation then these works need to be carried out with 28 days of the report.

• There are three codes under the report C1, C2,C3 ( C= Codes). These codes determine the potential hazardous risks. C1 being danger present C2 further investigations required without delay and C3 being advisory and further remedial work is not required

• We supply the landlord/agent confirmation once the works have been complete to confirm the works have been completed to a satisfactory level and that the landlord/agent has complied.

The local authorities may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords who are in breach of their duties.

Our Clients

We are a well-established and highly recommended electrical contractors and are the first choice for many residential lettings agencies within the South East.  The main stream Estate Agents we work for are Hamptons International, Savills, Knight Frank but we also work for a plethora of independently run Lettings Agents in our local vicinity. 

Are you a Landlord of multiple properties? We can offer you a bespoke discount property service package for your portfolio, call us for more info.

We have a permanent contract with Mole Valley District Council and work with their Temporary Housing and Commercial Department. We are extremely proud to be able to support and assist our local council and look forward to a building a strong professional relationship with their team and tenants.  To add to our list we also work with management companies of Serviced Offices, we are the preferred electricians for Seymour Landscaping (based in Cobham), various Estate/Block Management companies around Surrey and when you look up and admire the high street Christmas lights in Cobham during December – these were put up by our team for Cobham Chamber of Commerce.


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