An important piece of legislation was passed before parliament on 18th March 2020, coming into force on 1st June 2020.

These Regulations apply in England only to, all new specified tenancies from 1st July 2020; and all existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021.

A private landlord must ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a specified tenancy and ensure every electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified person.

If the electrical report is deemed unsatisfactory to meet current wiring regulations. The owner of the private rented domestic property must obtain written confirmation from a qualified person that the further investigative or remedial work has been carried out and that the electrical safety standards are met.

Further investigative or remedial work is required which is carried out by a qualified person within 28 days or the period specified in the report if less than 28 days starting with the date of the inspection and testing.


The landlord must supply a copy of the report to each existing tenant of the residential premises within 28 days of the inspection and test and supply a copy of that report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority.

Any breaches  of these and inline with Regulation 3 (of the building regulations) can impose a fine of up to £30,000.

So, what is an EICR?