New tenancy electrical safety checks add to Landlord burden

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New legislation for landlords to carry out electrical safety checks is due to come into force on July 1.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 means landlords will have to provide an EICR report for all new tenancies. A copy of the report should then be passed on to tenants within 28 days of their moving in. After that the electrical installations will have to be professionally tested at least every five years.

The law will be extended to existing tenancies from April 1, 2021.

Right now, tenancy demand is at a premium. Goodlord reported an increase of 122 per cent on June 2 compared to the same day last year, meaning many landlords will already have their hands full dealing with paperwork.

Tom Harrington, Managing Director of property services  assessment provider PropCert warned landlords and estate agents should make sure they have access to electricians in time.

He added: “If electricians are unable to meet demand and checks are not carried out, this backlog could lead to tenancies being delayed or falling through, which would be highly counter-productive as the market continues to recover from the effects of Covid-19.” Failure to comply with the regulations could result in a financial penalty of a maximum of £30,000.

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