Five-year safety checks

Five-year safety checks will be mandatory for landlords for all new tenancies from July 1 this year.

This will be rolled out to all existing tenancies from April 2021.

The new regulations were tabled, requiring pre-tenancy and five yearly checks of all fixed appliances and wiring.

Landlords failing to comply with the new rules will face fines of up to £30,000.

Under the Housing and Planning bill the Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on whether to introduce mandatory testing of electrical installations in the PRS.

The electrical industry is pushing for five yearly electrical installation condition reports (EICR)

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