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There have been a number of different regulatory changes related to the rental sector and landlords These new Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

This is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician or approved contractor. This electrical safety report must be provided to tenants, and to local authority if requested.

This means that all landlords now have to do what good landlords already do: make sure the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe. The Regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 and form part of the Department’s wider work to improve safety in all residential premises and particularly in the private rented sector. This is a major step towards leveling up the private rented sector, making sure it will offer high-quality, safe and secure housing.

Along with our social and owner-occupied sectors, this is housing this country deserves. This government values the contribution made by good landlords and letting agents  the majority of whom provide well maintained, safe, secure and high-quality places to live, work and raise families.

The regulations came into force on 1 June 2020, they apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. The relevant date for determining when the new requirements apply is the date on which the tenancy is granted. A new tenancy is one that was granted on or after 1 June 2020 For  a comprehensive guide to all elements of these new regulations please go to LINK 
OR Download a pdf of regulations HERE