New Legislation Effective from June 2020


Five Yearly Electrical Checks - A Legal Obligation

From 1st June 2020, private landlords in England will be required to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe.

This means that:

  • Electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy from 1st July 2020

  • Checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by 1st April 2021

These checks must then be carried out on a five yearly basis.

A copy of the most recent electrical safety condition report (EICR) must be provided to both new and retained tenants.

The landlord is responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent - not all electricians hold the necessary qualifications to ensure that the inspection and report are undertaken correctly and, therefore, meet your legal obligations.

"I am so pleased I found this electrician who is thoroughly professional in his work which is of the highest standard. Exceptionally courteous, he has completed the work, and more, in the time scale set out, leaving everywhere thoroughly clean and tidy. This is a tenanted property and Tim has a full knowledge of the legal obligations of a landlord under current and proposed future electricity regulations, which has been a great help. I would recommend him without hesitation."


Mike W. Church Stretton.