Whilst no implementation date was given, it was confirmed that letting agents and landlords would be given at least six months’ notice of the legislation coming into force. In addition, a transitional period of two years will apply. During the first year, all new private tenancies will be affected. Existing tenancies must comply by the end of the second year.
Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since it was issued.
ARLA Propertymark says: “Agents must ensure that any inspectors hired to issue an EICR hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection. Tough financial penalties will apply where this isn’t complied with.
“Since July 2018, we have been expecting the Government to announce an implementation date for mandatory five-yearly electrical checks. Despite MHCLG’s announcement today, we are still unsure of when exactly that will be. Government needs to publish the corresponding Guidance as soon as time allows.”
Jason Dyer of JTM Homes says: “We welcome any development that ensures tenants’ safety, especially where the correct qualification is required before someone can carry out the inspection.”
He adds: “There is a tremendous level of uncertainty and change in the lettings market at the moment, especially in London. Our specialist lettings team stays up to date with all the market requirements and ensures that our landlords are fully informed of their obligations.”
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