Landlord Electrical Safety Checks, Certificates & Home Buyer Reports

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Five Yearly Electrical Checks

From 1st June 2020, private landlords in England are required to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe.

This means that:

  • Electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy from 1st July 2020

  • Checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by 1st April 2021

These checks must then be carried out on a five-yearly basis.

A copy of the most recent electrical safety condition report (EICR) must be provided to both new and retained tenants.

The landlord is responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent. Using an electrician or firm that is a member of an accredited registration scheme such as ServiceBuddy will give you the confidence that this has been achieved. 

ServiceBuddy does a very detailed Electrical Safety Check to find all faults possible so that you can sleep safely at night. The Electrical Inspection Report takes an average of 2-3 hours to do correctly (so beware if yours was done in an hour!), and covers the following aspects (amongst others):
⦁    Condition of the wiring of all circuits (including that which cannot be seen!)
⦁    Condition of the insulation of all circuits (to ensure it is not deteriorating to an unacceptable level)
⦁    Ensure that ring mains circuits are wired correctly (this is usually not when this has been DIY’ed!)
⦁    Earthing and Bonding of Gas and Water supplies are adequate and terminated at the correct place
⦁    There are no signs of overheating (i.e. fire hazards)
⦁    No overloading or incorrect use of accessories
⦁    Correct accessories for the environment it is installed in
⦁    Correct protection
⦁    Use of RCDs and the sensitivity level of these (they deteriorate over time so should be checked)

⦁    Smoke alarm check and test.
⦁    Many other checks to ensure compliance with the Electrical Wiring Regulations BS7671

ALL our Landlord Electrical Condition Reports (EICR) certificates are issued the same day.