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Landlord EICR (Test)

The majority of landlords are proactive when it comes to ensuring the safety of their tenants and make a welcome contribution to the housing market. But a minority fail to do so, putting their tenants in danger as a result.

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These new Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at an interval of at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.

This means that all landlords now have to do what good landlords already do: make sure the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe.

The Regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 and form part of the Department’s wider work to improve safety in all residential premises and particularly in the private rented sector.

This is a major step towards levelling up the private rented sector, making sure it will offer high-quality, safe and secure housing. Along with our social and owner-occupied sectors, this is housing this country deserves.

This government values the contribution made by good landlords, the majority of whom provide well maintained, safe, secure and high-quality places to live, work and raise families.

Read the Regulations.

Read the Explanatory Memorandum to the Regulations.

We recognise that the restrictions imposed by current measures to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 may mean it is more difficult to comply with the regulations that affect the private rented sector.

For this reason, we have written guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities to address the concerns people may have about carrying out work during the pandemic to ensure that properties are kept in good repair and free from hazards.

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