New electrical safety standards for tenancies in the private rented sector have come into force on 1st June 2020.
These regulations apply in England to all new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. This means that tenancies signed on or after 1 June 2020, which start on or after 1 July 2020 should have an Electrical Installation Condition Report, (EICR). Typically, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is used to conduct an electrical installation safety report.
The regulations require that private landlords must ensure:
If an existing certificate was done longer than five years ago, regardless of whether it is valid for 10 years, it will not be applicable for these Regulations. Consequently, to comply with the Electrical Safety Standards the existing EICR must be less than five years old (dated back five years from when the tenancy agreement was signed).
Therefore, following the inspection and testing a landlord must:
Where a report requires the landlord to undertake further investigative or remedial work, the landlord must ensure that the work is carried out by a qualified person within 28 calendar days or the period specified in the report if less than 28 days, starting with the date of the inspection and testing.
Specific information regarding the above and details on Remedial Notice and Financial Penalties can be found on