New Regulations for Electrical Testing

New regulations for electrical testing are being brought in to ensure all Private Rented Sector properties meet minimum Electrical Safety Standards. NICEIC, the UK’s leading certification body for the electrical industry, has invited all Approved Contractors to enrol on a new Government endorsed register ahead of key legislation introduction. A move which will ensure contractors are recognised as willing and able to undertake mandatory electrical tests in the Private Rented Sector in England.

As NICEIC approved contractors Cowley Electrical are on the approved competent testers list and hold the PRS certificate. (open in new window)

The new regulations for electrical testing legislation, which comes into force on July 1, 2020, private landlords will be required to ensure their properties are subjected to mandatory electrical installation testing at least every five years.

What does this all mean for the Landlord and Tenant?

  • From 1st July 2020 all new tenancies must have an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) completed before the tenancy begins
  • All existing tenancies must have an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) completed by 1st April 2021
  • These regulations will apply to all properties in the private rented sector.
  • Local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 for a breach of the regulations. Where there are multiple breaches, the local authority can impose multiple penalties.
  • The Landlord must supply a copy of this report to new or existing tenants living in the property within 28 days of the inspection.
  • If the electrical safety report identifies a fault or potential fault, which the landlord must either investigate further or repair, the landlord must ensure further investigations or repairs are completed by a qualified person within 28 days of the inspection, or within the timeframe set out in the report if this is shorter.
  • If a landlord breaches the above requirements, the local authority has a duty to act. Where urgent works are not required, the local authority must serve a ‘remedial notice’ on the landlord. This must be served within 21 days of the local authority deciding it has reasonable grounds to act. The landlord will have 28 days from the date of service of the notice to take the action outlined, or must make written representations within 21 days if they disagree with the notice.

If you are thinking of instructing an electrician to complete testing and inspection work on your rented property, make sure they are on this list.

We offer inspection and testing services on private residential lettings in the Chippenham, Swindon, Malmesbury, Royal Wootton Bassett and throughout Wiltshire compliant with New regulations for electrical testing.

We are approved contractors for the NICEIC meaning we are experienced, fully registered and insured to carry out electrical inspections.

Call or Email Mike on the details below for more information.

Cowley Electrical Contractors

Tel: 01666 510976