50plus notes that the Government has announced that a formal requirement for a private let property to have a regular electrical inspection every five years is to be introduced in 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have said the introduction will be phased in over two years. Subject to parliamentary approval (likely to be granted):
On 1st June 2020 the new regulation will come into effect for all new lets.
On 1st April 2021 the new regulation will come into effect for all existing lets. Due to the coronavirus situation as of April 2020 Government has made recommendations which can be read here. You need section 3.9. The underlying position, as of mid April 2020, seems to be that landlords should not suspend all gas (or electrical) safety checks at this time as it will unnecessarily put tenants at increased risk, particularly as people are spending most, and in some cases all, of their time at home. Each property should be considered on a case-by-case basis, completing safety checks where tenants permit access and gas (or electrical) engineers are available.
50plus offers a combined EICR, PAT and smoke alarm inspection report (colloquially known as a 5 year report). This meets the requirement of the impending legislation. Check with 50plus for pricing, more information and advice or order on-line via the web site.
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On the subject of RCDs we have detailed guideline notes for our testers as produced by the regulatory body the IET.
The EICR codes are: Code C1 (Danger present), Code C2 (Potentially dangerous), Code C3 (Improvement recommended), FI (Further investigation required).
Lack of RCDs is an oft quoted issue by electricians and used to sell new consumer units. The guidelines say under C3 code example situations: ‘Absence of RCD protection for a socket-outlet that is unlikely to supply portable or mobile equipment for use outdoors, does not serve a location containing a bath or shower, and the use of which is otherwise not considered by the inspector to result in potential danger. (Note: Code C2 would apply if the circuit supplied a socket-outlet in a location containing a bath or shower in accordance with Regulation 701.512.3)’.
So, whilst we fully support getting RCDs into properties, selling new consumer units on the back of the regulation changes and a lack or partial lack of RCD protection, which will happen, is not actually mandated.