Mandatory Electrical Checks

In the last couple of years Government Budgets and Annual Statements have introduced a series of legislation changes and issues that will affect our Landlord customers.  We feel that there are several matters that will come into force in the next 12 to 24 months that we need you to be made aware of and this series of short emails are designed to make sure you a fully aware of how the industry and you as property owners will be affected.

Mandatory Electrical Checks

A Government working group set up to examine electrical safety in the private rented sector (PRS) has last week published its report, recommending that 5 yearly mandatory electrical installation checks be introduced.

The PRS Electrical Safety Working Group was set up by the Department for Communities & Local Government following the passing of the Housing & Planning Act 2016, which granted the Government powers to regulate electrical safety standards in the sector.

As part of the working group, the National Landlords Association (NLA) was keen to ensure that any recommendations made struck the right balance between protecting tenants from dangerous hazards and not burdening landlords with over-zealous and costly regulatory hurdles.

Many of the recommendations conform to what the NLA advises our members to do as best practice.

The report makes 8 recommendations:

  1. 5 yearly mandatory electrical installation checks should be set out in regulations.
  2. Visual checks of the safety of the electrical installation by landlords at a change of tenancy should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.
  3. A report should be issued to the landlord which confirms that an EICR has been completed along with confirmation that any remedial work necessary has been undertaken satisfactorily. A copy should be issued to the tenant at the beginning of the tenancy and should be made available to local authorities on request.
  4. Landlord supplied electrical appliance testing and visual checks of electrical appliances by landlords at a change of tenancy should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.
  5. The installation of Residual Current Devices (RCDs) by landlords should be encouraged as good practice and set out in guidance.
  6. A PRS electrical testing competent person’s scheme should be set up which would be separate from existing Building Regulations competent person’s scheme.
  7. DCLG should commission the Electro-technical Assessment Specification (EAS) management committee to consider the most effective method of recognising ‘competent PRS testers’ to carry out electrical inspections and tests.
  8. Legislative requirements should be phased in, beginning with new tenancies, followed by all existing tenancies.

The recommendations have been made to the Housing Minister, Alok Sharma, who will ultimately decide if they are taken forward. There has been no indication yet as to any timeline to do so.  In the meantime, if you any of the above has got you thinking and you feel that you need to chat it over with us here at Roberts please do not hesitate to contact us on 01202 56 57 58 or email our Maintenance Manager, Darren Lewis at who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

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