For Landlords who require an Electrical Certificate in Leicester at a change of tenancy.
Ideal for properties that have a full EICR already.
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The requirement for a Landlord Electrical Certificate at a change of tenancy very much depends upon your appetite for risk…..its recommended by the NICEIC and The Institution of Engineering and Technology . Your EICR certificate may dictate a new EICR is required at a change of tenancy
Many Landlords in Leicester ask me if they need to get a Landlord Electrical Certificate after a change of tenancy. The regulations which were introduced in 2020 say that Landlords should ensure that rental properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
The NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) states the following
Periods between subsequent inspections will depend on the condition of the installation at the time of the preceding inspection, but it is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every five years or at the end of a tenancy, whichever comes first.
Where a change of tenancy occurs after a short period (for example less than six months) a full periodic inspection and test may not always be needed.
Electricians in Leicester take reference from a document known as GN3 aka Guidance Note 3 produced by The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Within this document it states that “Some Landlords feel that electrical safety certificates are just more red tape and another cost to their business. However its well known that the government have in previous years put measures in place to professionalise the Private rented sector and ensure that the millions of tenants are supplied with homes that are habitable and safe for continued use”.
Even before the introduction of this new legislation Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that their rental property, and any electrical equipment provided, is safe before a tenancy begins and throughout its duration.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 legislates for landlords in England and Wales. Critical points can be found in Section 8. Implied terms as to fitness for human habitation:
The property should be fit for people to live in at the beginning of the tenancy (subsection 1a)
The property should be kept in a fit state for people to live in during the tenancy (subsection 1b)
Section 11. Repairing obligations in short leases which places a duty on landlords to keep in repair and proper working order the:
Installations in the property for the supply of water, gas and electricity, and for sanitation (subsection 1b)
Space heating and heating water (subsection 1c)
As you can see, its not just the recent legislation that places legal obligations around electrical safety, in fact it has been around for decades.
My advice and the advice of the NICEIC is that Landlords should get an EICR completed at least every five years and a further inspection at every change of tenancy. The inspection at a change of tenancy may be less stringent than a full inspection at a reduced cost for the landlord but would offer some comfort that the installation is still safe for the new tenant.
A change fo tenancy EICR is a limited inspection as opposed to a full EICR, all limitations documented on the report.