Law guide: Property

See how we helped Michael

"Fantastic! The legal document I used was so comprehensive and easy to complete. It is very reassuring to know my business now has this level of protection"

Michael S, London

Electrical safety report

Electrical safety report



If you let property in England on assured shorthold or assured tenancy agreements, you must get and give to tenants an Electrical Installation Condition Report (unless you have a licenced house in multiple occupation). This is a requirement of the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. It applies to new tenancies made on or after 1 July and will apply to existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.

The following is a summary of the government guidance on what you should do to comply with the regulations:

  • The property's fixed electrical parts must be tested at least every 5 years. This includes its wiring, fuse box, plug sockets and light fittings and other permanently connected electrical equipment. It doesn't include removable electric items like white goods and televisions, which require portable appliance testing (PAT testing).
  • The electrical parts must comply with building regulations British Standard 7671 (which came into effect on 1 January 2019).
  • The person doing the testing must be qualified and competent to do it. You should check if they're a member of one of the electrical safety industry's 'competent person schemes'. You should ensure that they give you written confirmation that they have a British Standard 7671 qualification, adequate insurance and are suitably competent to perform the test.
  • The Electrical Installation Condition Report will set the date of the next inspection and you must keep a copy of it to give to the next person conducting an inspection.
  • You must give each tenant a copy of the report within 28 days of the inspection.
  • Prospective tenants must receive a copy of the current report before they move in.
  • The property's local authority should be given a copy of the report within 7 days of any request for it.
  • If the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, this must be completed within 28 days or any shorter period as specified in the report.
  • Written confirmation of the completion of the remedial work must be given to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of the completion date.

Local authorities enforce the new regulations and can impose civil penalties up to £30,000.


Landlords in Scotland must carry out electrical safety checks of all installations, fixtures and fittings and provide a copy of the report to the tenants before their tenancy starts. The report will last for 5 years before another safety check must be performed.

Copyright © 2024 Epoq Group Ltd. All trademarks acknowledged, all rights reserved

This website is operated by Epoq Legal Ltd, registered in England and Wales, company number 3707955, whose registered office is at 2 Imperial Place, Maxwell Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1JN. Epoq Legal Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA number 645296).

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We would also like to set some optional cookies. We won't set these optional cookies unless you enable them. Please choose whether this site may use optional cookies by selecting 'On' or 'Off' for each category below. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookie notice.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Functionality cookies

We'd like to set cookies to provide you with a better customer experience. For more information on these cookies, please see our cookie notice.