Electrical Safety Standard in Private Sector

The Electrical Safety Standard in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require from landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a competent and  qualified person at interval of at least every 5 years.  

Landlords must obtain a report (usually an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) from the person conducting the inspection and test which explains its outcomes and any investigative or remedial work required. Copy of the electrical report must be supplied to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.

If a Housing Enforcement/ Housing Standard officer request it, landlords must supply them with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving the request.

If the report requires remedial work or further investigation this must be arranged within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report. Landlords must provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to The Housing Enforcement by emailhousing.enforcement@hounslow.gov.uk within 28 days of completing the work.

Failure to comply with the regulations could lead to remedial work being carried out by the council and a fine of up to £30,000 for each offence committed.

Further information for landlords and tenants can be found below:

Information for Landlords

Information for Tenants

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