Landlord Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England)

Landlords, ensure your private rental property meets the latest electrical safety standards and protect your tenants by booking your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) today.

Across England, all private rental property is legally required to have an EICR. If you fail to comply, your property may not be safe for tenants to occupy the property, your landlord insurance policies might become invalid, and you are potentially putting your property portfolio exposed.

How often do landlords need to book EICR?

Private residential landlords must book an EICR through a qualified and trusted electrical contractor like All Phase at least every five years.  

Booking your EICR – what to expect

As trusted electrical contractors, the All Phase team are fully registered and qualified to conduct EICR inspections for residential landlords.

When you book the inspection, a member of the All Phase team will be in touch to arrange a time and date to visit the property. We cover Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Greater London.

As a result of the EICR, you will find out:

If any electrical installations are overloaded
Any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
Find out if there is any defective electrical work
If there is a lack of earthing or bonding
Certification lasts five years
All Phase is fully compliant to carry out EICR inspections in accordance with UK law

We also recommend that private landlords carry out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) on electrical appliances supplied for tenant use and keep a record of all inspections.

How EICR reports work for landlords

Following the inspection, a member of the All Phase team will supply the landlord with the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). It will explain the outcome of the report and will outline any work that is required.

If the property is currently tenanted, the landlord should supply a copy of the EICR report to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection. It must also be presented to new tenants before they occupy the property or supply the report within 28 days of receiving a request from the tenant.

We advise that you keep a copy of the EICR report conducted by All Phase filed in a safe place for future reference.

Energy Performance Certificates on private rental sector property

On a side note, all landlords of private domestic rented property must comply with the 2018 ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard. The EPC rating must be band E or higher to meet the minimum requirement.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) help landlords and tenants understand the energy performance of the property in question and identify areas to improve.

From 1 April 2020, landlords cannot let out properties covered by MEES Regulations if the EPC rating is below E (unless it has a valid exemption). Find information about potential energy grants, here.

Ensuring that your rental property meets the latest electrical safety standards will help landlords to achieve the highest EPC ratings on their properties. Keeping on top of your electrics will also ensure that should you wish to sell your property in the future, you will have up-to-date records of its energy efficiency, which could help you achieve a higher price.

Book your EICR through All Phase

As a landlord, you must hire a professional to conduct regular electrical safety checks to ensure the continued safety of your tenants.

Just like other aspects of your rental property, electrical installations deteriorate through wear and tear, so trusted professionals must maintain them.  

Book your EICR or PAT with All Phase today and be safe in the knowledge that your rental property meets the latest industry safety standards.