What are the new electrical rules for 2022?

14 June 2022

Building a property portfolio and becoming a landlord in the UK involves fulfilling a long list of responsibilities. Keeping your tenants not just happy but safe and secure is a top priority for all landlords, regardless of the size of their property investment.

As a UK landlord, you’ll have to abide by a number of rules and regulations to ensure your property is up to standard, especially when it comes to the electrical safety of the properties within your portfolio. Read on to discover the latest electrical rules for 2022 and how current legislation impacts landlords up and down the country.


The EICR – a must for UK landlords

Landlords of residential properties now have to have a valid and up-to-date Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR.

Often referred to as a Periodic Inspection Check, obtaining an EICR involves an in-depth inspection of a property’s electrical systems and installations. An EICR is designed to highlight any faults that may be present in the property’s electrical systems to ensure safety is of the highest standards for the tenants, building owners or occupiers within.

An EICR must be completed by a reputable and qualified electrician every five years, with any defects acknowledged resolved as soon as possible.


Are EICRs mandatory?

In short, yes. EICRs became mandatory after a change to legislation in 2020, and now impact both new landlords entering the marketplace and landlords with existing property portfolios.

As of 2022, landlords must also take additional measures to ensure the electrical safety certificates associated with their properties are reviewed, updated and shared with their tenants. Failure to do so could leave you liable to pay fines up to £30,000.


Why the change?

Prior to the legislation change in 2020, EICR rules only applied to landlords with HMOs or Houses in Multiple Occupation. Until this time, obtaining a EICR was only a recommendation for other landlords serving the private rented sector.

Under the latest rules, all new tenancies must now have an up-to-date Electrical Installation Condition Report.


How can I request an EICR?

Getting your EICR is simple with the right support, and it all starts with choosing a reputable electrical testing company.

With experience and expertise in compliance testing, PAT (Portable Appliance Test) testing and remedial works, our specialists can help you abide by the latest electrical testing regulations and keep your tenants safe. Contact us today to get started.


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