Draft legislation has this week been released and will be coming into force on 1 July 2020. As always, we are diligent in protecting you by staying ahead of the curve and have been carrying out fitness tests and Electrical Installation Condition Reports (“EICRs”) on all new lets for several months.
Here is a summary of the draft legislation to give you an idea of what to expect coming into July 2020:
- All new tenancies starting on or after 1st July 2020, will require a five-year EICR from a registered electrician (it will be required to be less than every five years if the certificate states that is required)
- All new tenancies will include renewals and tenancies that become statutory periodic EICRs will be required on all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021
- It looks like it will also include non-housing act tenancies, such as a company let, where the rent is over £100k or it is not the person’s main residence
- It looks like it will be very similar to the Gas Safety, in that a copy must be given before the tenants occupy and within 28 days of any renewal of the certificate
- There is financial penalty of up to £30,000 for not doing this which can be levied by the local council
- Any remedial works stated in the EICR must be done within 28 days or sooner, and you must get written confirmation that it has been done.
If you would like to read the full draft legislation, you can find it here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934#f00006
Our advice would be to get any EICRs done sooner rather than later, while they are cheaper (as no doubt the price will go up with demand and once electricians realise landlords now legally require EICRs) and also so you have plenty of time to get any remedial works done.