EICR Rules: Electrical Checks Mandatory from 1st April 2021

The deadline for landlords to obtain an EICR was April 1st. That deadline has come and gone, so it is more important than ever to ensure your property is covered by an EICR or you could face a heavy fine.

An EICR (which stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a document produced by a qualified electrician following checks on all electrical installations at your property. These include checking things such as the electrical sockets and light switches and fittings to ensure they are safe. Landlords with rental properties in England were required to obtain the EICR certificate before April 1st, and serve it to their tenants within 28 days of the inspection.

If you ordered a certificate, but the electrician you instructed was not able to attend the property quickly enough, or they could not get access because the tenant did not let them in - the government guidance implies that the landlord would not be in breach of these new regulations. The government guidance recommends keeping copies of attempts to purchase and arrange the certificate.

It has been difficult for many landlords to arrange for the EICR to be completed because of the increased demand on electricians. If you have rental properties in England or Scotland and missed the deadline, we strongly recommend that you order a certificate immediately to avoid a heavy penalty.

If you would like help understanding and complying with the new legislation about EICR certificates, get in touch with MOVR and our friendly team can help to ensure your properties are fully compliant.