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Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands and tenant demand rises.

PropCert, a national provider of property certificates, says the surge in demand following the reopening of the market looks set to continue into autumn.

The most recent regulation change affecting new tenancies is the introduction of The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 on July 1.


It is now a requirement for an EICR report to be carried out before the start of all new tenancies, with all fixed electrical installations inspected at least every five years by a qualified professional.

There are a range of other tasks for landlords - or letting agents working on their behalf - including providing copies of EICR reports to new tenants.

"The new regulations mean that there is now a greater demand for professionals carrying out electrical checks than ever before. High tenant demand means that agents and landlords will be under pressure to get these checks completed quickly so moves aren't delayed" explains Tom Harrington, PropCert’s managing director.

"Since the new rules were introduced in July, property professionals may have realised that they need to assess the electricians they work with and the processes they have in place to keep up with demand and remain compliant.”

Harrington urges agents and landlords to implement technology-led processes to manage the rise in checks, and to recruit a large pool of electricians who can be contacted to work at short notice.

"An efficient online system can help agents and landlords to manage their ever-growing workloads, while knowing they are compliant with the new regulations" Harrington says.

"Ultimately, mandatory electrical checks have been introduced to protect tenants and landlords' investments. Therefore, managing the process through trusted suppliers and using the services of the best qualified electricians is in the interest of all stakeholders" he concludes.

  • Stephen Chipp

    Absolute essential piece of legislation that is once again not drafted correctly by people who have no knowledge of the sector. I had meetings with my electricians who advised that the new law does not match the 18th Edition standards for testing. The UK Government also did not factor in that we have lost 4-5 months of this year with contractors now playing catch up on normal maintenance!!

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Stephen, MHCLG couldn't tie their shoe-laces, let alone draft cogent legislation, look at the How to Rent debacle ( amongst others ) Girish is right about them trying to have a job in the Private sector ( They'd all be queuing up at DWP and getting familiar with U.C. but at least then they'd have a bit more of a clue about the impacts and drivers in the PRS. )

    As I said in my evidence to them in April, Having civil servants who have no knowledge of renting and being a landlord is akin to having carpenters carry out heart surgery. - though they'd probably do a better job !

  • girish mehta

    Clueless ministers making laws and then making u turns
    This couldn’t hold a normal job if their life depended on it and had to justify their action or be sacked but get prompted using their job for the boys network


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