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Mandatory Five Yearly Electrical Installation Safety Checks

In January 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced their plans for mandatory five-year electrical safety checks in privately rented homes in England. 

They confirmed that the introduction of the new legislation would be done using a phased approach with Landlords and Letting Agents being given at least six months to familiarise themselves with the new legislation before it comes into force. A transitional period of two years will also be applied. 

In year one, all new private tenancies will be affected and in year two all existing tenancies will be incorporated.  The rules will reflect those already in operation in Scotland.

This long awaited move means that landlords and agents will be required to call in qualified inspectors to carry out the checks. They must ensure that any inspectors hired to issue an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection. Tough financial penalties of up to £30,000 will apply where this isn’t complied with.

Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since it was issued.

It is unclear exactly when this new legislation will be passed.  The Government need to publish the corresponding Guidance as soon as time allows.  We will update this page as soon as we know more.

To read more about the upcoming mandatory five yearly electrical installation safety check, please click here