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Five-yearly electrical installation checks on private rented housing will be mandatory

Lettings fees is a much talked about subject in the House of Lords. So, it’s no surprise that the Tenant Fees Bill had its third reading.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be mandatory.

The implementation date has not yet been confirmed but MHCLG has stated that it plans to introduce the legislation as soon as possible.

In year one all new private tenancies will be affected and in year two all existing tenancies will come within scope. 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.

Kellie Marsh, Residential Lettings Manager at Robinson & Hall, comments, “We organise five yearly checks on all of our managed properties anyway and those which aren’t managed, we ask landlords to do this, so the new regulations won’t affect our day to day operations.”

Kellie continues “We also ensure that any inspectors hired to issue an EICR hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection.”

We will keep all clients updated on the launch date once the Government announces it.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to find out how Robinson & Hall Lettings can help you, please contact Kellie Marsh on 01234 362937 or email kam@robinsonandhall.co.uk

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