It has been brought to our attention by SWLA members that following an Electrical Safety Inspection, some electricians are stating on EICRs that the next Electrical Safety Inspection is due in ‘5 years or change of occupancy.’ This has been causing concern and confusion for landlords as the regulations talk about ‘regular intervals’, not events such as a change of tenancy.
In particular, reg 3(2) says:
(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b) “at regular intervals” means—
(a) at intervals of no more than 5 years; or
(b) where the most recent report under sub-paragraph (3)(a) requires such inspection and testing to be at intervals of less than 5 years, at the intervals specified in that report.
Landlords are well aware that between tenants, the electrics are to be visually checked (by landlords if they are competent) to ensure that the property is safe for the new tenant moving in. That along with providing an in date EICR would be sufficient for a landlord to know that the electrical condition of the property is good and that legislative duties have been met. **If any tampering evidence is noticed, or any over use/high turnover of tenants, the landlord should instruct a new Electrical Safety Inspection.**
We have written to Local Authorities, The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, PRS training providers and NICEIC.
The outcome being that a landlord does NOT need to obtain a new EICR upon a change of tenant despite what the certificate says. ‘Change of tenant’ is not an interval.
If any of our members need guidance on this, feel free to call the SWLA office and we will be glad to help.