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The introduction of new requirements for mandatory electrical safety checks marks a significant shift in the regulatory landscape for property management in the UK. These regulations, primarily aimed at enhancing tenant safety and property standards, mandate regular inspections and testing of electrical installations in residential properties.

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EICR Certificate for mandatory electrical safety checks.

Royal Docks Electrical specialises in providing EICR Certificates in East London and Canary Wharf, ensuring compliance with the latest regulations effective from 1 July 2020.

These mandate that all new private tenancies in England must have their electrical installations inspected and tested by a qualified professional according to the 18th edition wiring regulations before the tenancy commences. Landlords must arrange these inspections at least every five years or more frequently if suggested by the most recent safety report.

For existing tenancies, it’s imperative to complete an electrical safety test, with subsequent regular tests per the regulations.
These rules apply across the private rented sector, including Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs), except for lodger arrangements where the tenant shares living spaces with the landlord or their family.

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  1. Legal Requirement for Landlords: In the UK, it’s a legal requirement for landlords to obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for their rental properties. This ensures that all electrical installations are safe before tenants move in and remain safe throughout their tenancy.

  2. Frequency of Inspections: EICR inspections must be carried out at least every five years, or more frequently if the previous report recommends it. This regular assessment helps in identifying any potential electrical safety issues before they become hazardous.

  3. Qualified and Competent Inspectors: Only qualified and competent electricians registered with an approved scheme can conduct EICR assessments. They must have the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the safety standards and detect any deviations.

  4. Scope of Inspection: The EICR covers a thorough inspection of all fixed electrical parts of the property, including wiring, socket-outlets, light fittings, and the consumer unit (fuse box). It also includes checking for any wear and tear that might affect safety and compliance.

  5. Legal Implications for Non-Compliance: Failure to comply with EICR requirements can lead to significant legal consequences for landlords. This includes hefty fines and potentially being banned from renting out properties. Moreover, non-compliance can invalidate property insurance and pose serious safety risks to tenants.

EICR Certificate for mandatory electrical safety checks.

These new regulations must be revised to supersede the previous electrical installation testing and inspection requirements for HMOs.

In this context, a ‘qualified person’ is an expert competent to perform the required inspection, testing, and any necessary investigative or remedial work in line with the electrical safety standards.
Local authorities can impose financial penalties of up to £30,000 for non-compliance with these regulations. In cases of multiple violations, authorities can levy various fines.

Royal Docks Electrical is here to help you navigate these requirements efficiently and ensure your property is compliant and safe.

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Prompt Action is required on Electrical Safety Report Findings to Ensure EICR Certificate

Should the electrical safety report highlight a fault or potential fault, it becomes the landlord’s responsibility to conduct further investigations or perform repairs. A qualified individual must complete these actions within 28 days of the initial inspection or sooner if the report specifies a shorter timeframe.

Upon completion of these investigations or repairs, the landlord must obtain written confirmation that the work has been executed, that the property now meets the electrical safety standards, or that additional work is necessary.

This confirmation, along with the initial report indicating the need for further work, must be provided to each existing tenant, and the work should be completed within 28 days of notifying the local housing authority. The landlord must continue this process until the electrical installation is certified as compliant.

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  • Common Electrical Hazards: In UK homes, common electrical hazards include overloaded sockets, damaged or frayed cords, improper or DIY wiring, and faulty appliances. These can lead to electric shocks or fires.

  • Electrical Fires Statistics: According to Electrical Safety First, a leading UK charity, electricity is the cause of over 20,000 fires a year in the UK. This represents around half of all accidental house fires.

  • Regular Safety Checks: It’s estimated that many homes in the UK have not had their electrical wiring checked for over ten years. Regular safety checks are essential for preventing electrical hazards, ideally every ten years for an owner-occupied home and every five years for a rental or before a new tenant moves in.

  • RCD Protection: Residual Current Devices (RCDs) are life-saving devices designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, like a bare wire. However, many homes in the UK still lack adequate RCD protection.

  • Fatalities and Injuries: Each year, faulty electrics cause around 70 deaths and 350,000 serious injuries in UK homes. Many of these accidents are preventable through regular maintenance and compliance with safety standards.

Enforcement, Regulation and Compliance

In cases where landlords fail to meet the specified requirements, the local authority is obligated to intervene.

For non-urgent cases, the authority must issue a ‘remedial notice’ to the landlord within 21 days of determining reasonable grounds for action. The landlord then has 28 days from receiving the notice to carry out the required actions, or they can submit written objections within 21 days if they contest the notice.

When the landlord responds in writing, the notice is temporarily suspended until the local authority replies, which should occur within seven days. If the authority upholds the notice, the suspension ends, and the landlord must comply within 21 days. However, if tenants deny access to these remedial works, the landlord is not considered in breach of duty if they have not initiated legal proceedings for access.

Should the landlord neglect the remedial works, the local authority is authorised to enter the property with the tenant’s consent to address the issue. The authority must notify the landlord of this intervention, and the landlord has the right to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. The local authority can also recoup any reasonable costs incurred by the landlord.

When urgent remedial works are necessary, and the landlord fails to act, the local authority can step in to carry out the works. The landlord must be informed within seven days of the commencement of these works.

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