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    Landlords renting out a property in England, are required to have an electrical inspection by a qualified person, referred to as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

    What is an EICR?

    The EIC report is designed to assess the safety and condition of existing electrical installation – this is all the fixed electrical parts at the property you’re looking to let, such as the wiring, light fittings, socket-outlets, and the consumer unit. All of this is inspected and tested, with the report then valid for five years from the date of inspection.

    What is the landlord’s responsibility for EICR?

    Under the regulations, EICRs are required for pre-existing tenancies before the 1st of April 2021 and for all tenancies created after the 1st of June 2020.

    In addition, landlords of privately rented properties must ensure that:

    What is the landlord’s responsibility for remedial work?

    If an EICR indicates any issues, such as ‘further investigation’ or ‘urgent remedial work’, then the landlord is required to ensure that the necessary work is carried out within 28 days (or, if less than 28 days, the time period stated on the report) from the date of inspection.

    Are there any penalties for non-compliance with EICR?

    Local authorities have the power to enforce any new regulations, and can impose penalties of up to £30,000 if they believe that landlords are in breach of their duty. They may also serve remedial notices, if the landlord ignores or does not take the required action within 28 days then the local authority can arrange for such works to take place (with the tenants consent) at the landlords expense.

    What we can do

    To avoid any issues arising, Wirral Homes recommends obtaining a new ECIR before a new tenancy commences – even if the current one is valid; however, visual inspection by a competent person may suffice. If you would like Wirral Homes to arrange an EICR for your rental property, or would like some more information on the current legislation, then feel free to Contact Us and we’ll see how we can help.

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