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LANDLORDS! Does your tenancy require an EICR?

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LANDLORDS! Does your tenancy require an EICR?

Legal Executive, Elliott Jurd has the answer.

The requirement for an EICR or ‘Electrical Installation Conditions Report’, as set out in the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (known as the ‘Electrical Safety Regs’ for short!) only applies to ‘specified tenancies’.

So what is a ‘specified tenancy’?

All you need to do is answer these two simple questions:

  1. Does your tenant have the right to occupy all or part of the premises as their main or only residence? 
  2. Are you taking rent payments? 

If your answers are “yes”, does the tenancy fall under one of the following categories, which are exempt from the requirement?

  • Social housing 
  • Shared accommodation with the landlord (or landlord’s family
  • Long lease (7+ years) 
  • Student halls of residence 
  • Hostels/refuges 
  • Care home 
  • Hospital/hospice
  • Any other accommodation relating to the healthcare profession 

If you’ve made it this far, the regulations apply to your tenancy. It’s really that simple!

You need to make sure you’re complying with the regulations by getting an EICR done before the tenancy commences. These regulations apply across the board for all applicable tenancies since 1st April 2020, so don’t get caught out.

Happy lettings!