Private rentals and electrical checks

Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical professionals. We work with companies and businesses, across a variety of industries, throughout the North West, to provide high quality, professional electrical solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about private rentals and electrical checks.

Updated legal rules regarding private rentals and electrical checks

From the first of June 2020, new legislation was introduced across England which means that landlords of private rentals are required to have the electrical installations in their rental properties checked by an electrician every five years. This is something that ha been campaigned for by many organisations for several years. With 45 million households in the private rental sector, this is legislation that could help keep properties safe. As a result, if you are the landlord for a large housing or residential community, this is something you will need to make long term provision for.

These electrical tests will check for:

  • Overloaded electrical circuits
  • Identifying potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Finding any defective electrical work

After the electrical check, the electrician will issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is a detailed report that covers all aspects of the inspection, as well as recommendations for further action and potential solutions to any issues. Most importantly, this will also declare whether the installation is safe.

For any existing properties, electrical checks must be carried out by the 1st April 2021, and then be repeated on a five yearly basis. Any work that is recommended to make the installation safe, as a result of the EICR, must be done within 28 days of the initial inspection. And a copy of the EICR must also be given to tenants.

Here at Walker Electrical, we carry out a range of electrical testing and checks for commercial and large rented residential buildings, like student accommodation. If you are a landlord of one of these properties, and you require more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Walker Electrical.