Mandatory Electrical Safety Certificates to be introduced

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in a phased approach.

Whilst the implementation date has not yet been clarified, MHCLG has stated its intention to introduce legislation as soon as possible.

Although dates are yet to be announced, it is widely anticipated that the new legislation will come in to force on 1st July 2020 for all new tenancies, tenancy renewals, and tenancies that continue on a statutory periodic basis, and for all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

The vast majority of rental properties do not have EICR’s, and there is concern that there simply aren’t enough electrical engineers to complete the millions of checks that will be required before April 2021.

Note, properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since it was issued.

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