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The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

To whom do these regulations apply?

The regulations apply to private landlords for all new specified tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. An ‘existing specified tenancy’ means a tenancy for a specified period of time that was granted before the regulations come into force, whereas a ‘new specified tenancy’ means a tenancy specified for a period of time granted on or after these regulations come into force.

In the UK, any property that is privately owned and being rented out as housing is classified as Private Rented Sector housing and the owner is considered to be the landlord. This includes houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), with the new regulations replacing the existing requirements for electrical testing of HMOs. A house is considered to be an HMO when it has at least three tenants forming more than one household, with the tenants sharing a toilet, bathroom or kitchen with the other tenants.

What is required under the new legislation?

Under the new regulations, private landlords are required to ensure that:

  • The electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a specified tenancy.
  • Every electrical installation is inspected and tested at regular intervals by means of an EICR by a suitably qualified person (regular intervals means at intervals of no more than five years).

EICR Electrician - Additional Licensing

SCV Electrical is a small professional company specializing in electrical installation and maintenance, especially EICR inspections. Professionally insured and registered with NICEIC. 

Additional Licensing Scheme From 1 April 2019, the council will be introducing an ‘Additional’ licensing scheme for multi-occupied premises under the provisions within Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004. This Additional Licensing Scheme will cover the whole borough excluding the current Selective licensing designation (Spitalfields and Banglatown, Weavers, Whitechapel pre-2014 wards) and HMOs licensed under the Mandatory Scheme. 

The following wards are included in the Additional Licensing Scheme (based on pre 2014 ward boundaries); Island Gardens, St. Dunstan’s, Canary Wharf, Stepney Green, Blackwall and Cubitt Town, Shadwell, Poplar, St. Katherine and Wapping, Lansbury, St. Peters, Limehouse, Bethnal Green, Mile End, Bow West, Bromley South, Bow East, Bromley North.

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EICR Electricians

An EICR inspection should only be carried out by a registered electrician with EICR experience.

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Electrical Survey For Homes

The best way to prevent costly remedial work down the line is to spot electrical problems early.

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Electrical Installation Condition Report

An electrical installation condition report (EICR), or periodic inspection report as they used to be called are often referred to by customers as a Landlord Safety Test or Homebuyers Test.

SCV Electrical can carry out electrical inspections to the new Additional Licensing standards and can provide Additional Licensing Scheme compliant electrical safety certificates.

Electrical Inspection Reports - Hackney

Do you need an EICR certificate? An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is recognised certification that an electrician can report after a survey of an electrical installation.

 EICR certificates are required for residential, commercial or industrial buildings with different requirements of how often a survey is carried out. EICRs can pick up potential electrical problems before they become serious. 

At SCV we’re EICR specialists and have surveyed and certified properties across London for many years. Do be aware when an EICR is carried out by an electrician, they will need to disconnect the mains electrical power supply.

EICRS Test For A Large Range Of
Potential Problems.

During an EICR inspection, the consumer unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical devices are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or if they dont meet Wiring Standards. Electrical tests will be carried out on: