Landlords of residential properties must have an electrical safety inspection carried out every 5 years (EICR). 

Landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installations are inspected and tested for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.

It will be similar to a CP12 gas safety check that you currently have done each year for the boiler and any gas appliances, however the electrical check is done every 5 years by a qualified person. The regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection takes place.

Breaches of the regulations could result in financial penalties of up to £30,000.

Portable appliances such as kettles and toasters are to be included so PAT testing isn’t mandatory but is good practice to have done.

If you have a current and validated certificate already, this will still be valid which means you do not need to obtain a new one.

If you would like us to help you with arranging a check please do not hesitate to contact us.