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Electrical safety standards in the private rented sector (England) regulations 2020

Electrical safety

From 1 July 2020 landlords must provide the fixed electrical installation condition report for the property for any new prospective tenant.

From 1 April 2021 landlords must have provided existing tenants with a copy of the report.

Landlords must ensure their properties are inspected by a competent person at least every 5 years and have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) or Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate.

Where further investigation or remedial work are required by the report this must be carried out within the time specified by the report and within 28 days from the date of the test.

The certificate or report must be provided to a tenant before occupancy and to any current tenant within 28 days of the test.

If the Council has to ask for a copy of the EICR report, it must be provided within 7 days. This can be sent to the Private Sector Housing Team at privatehousing@merton.gov.uk.

Failure to comply with the regulations could lead to further action and a fine of up to £30,000 per offence.

More information

Find more information on electrical installation condition reports (EICR) and to find a competent person.

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Updated: 02 November 2020