Important Electrical Legislative Changes for the Year 2021
2020 has been a roller-coaster year of unexpected events. Everything went through some major changes. From social distancing to safety laws, every aspect of life was completely altered. When it comes to public safety, no one can deny the importance of electrical legislation. And this is where the commercial electrical installation condition report comes in.
With the new year right upon us, let’s have a look at the electrical legislative changes for 2021.
It is vital for private landlords to ensure that their place is electrically safe to live. The safety measures that are supposed to be met include;
- You need to contact a qualified electrician to thoroughly test and inspect your building’s electrical installation system and develop a report known as electrical installation condition report.
- This inspection process should take place before the arrival of any tenant.
- In case you haven’t had electrical compliance of your existing tenants’ area, make sure you are done with the inspection process before April 2021.
- You need to be absolutely sure that your residential area will be electrically tested at regular intervals. Moreover, the time interval cannot exceed more than 5 years.
- Your qualified reviewer should be able to deliver the inspection results to the landlord while identifying the next inspection date.
- You also need to deliver the inspection report to all your tenants within the period of 28 days and not more than that.
- You will have to provide the report copy to any new tenant, whether on the tenant’s arrival or prior to it.
- In case the report turns out to be unsatisfactory, the landlord may act on any Code 1 recommendation.
- In case the report turns out to be unsatisfactory, any Code 2 recommendation may be opted.
Things to remember
Your inspector needs to be qualified according to the current electrical standards. For that purpose, you need to hire the inspector with evidence of his or her qualification.
In case your tenants have recently arrived, or your property is still on the market, now is the golden opportunity to start being organised. Moreover, make sure you have enough time at hand while the EICR report is carried out in case the need for any code 1 or 2 comes into play.
If your report is not up to the mark, you need to make sure that the remedial work is completed on time. In the case of code 1 situation, immediate steps need to be taken, while code 2 offers the rectification time of 28 days.
If your tenant is not comfortable with the time of inspection, come up with a mutually agreed decision and plan accordingly. This will avoid any future inconvenience and enable you to let the process run smoothly.
Make sure you follow the process thoroughly to avoid getting fined or going through the discomfort of tight deadlines for further inspections. Moreover, the timely inspections increase the life of appliances and wires being used in the building, ensuring everyone’s safety.