f you are a private tenant in England or Scotland, your landlord must have the electrical installation checked every five years
Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert
f you are a private tenant in England or Scotland, your landlord must have the electrical installation checked every five years. They should provide you with a copy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that will either confirm that the installation is safe or highlight hazards that need to be fixed. Any repairs must be carried out within 28 days of the EICR being issued.
There is currently no legal requirement to have the electrics tested in Wales or Northern Ireland, but we recommend that landlords do so on a five yearly basis to ensure that their tenants and properties are safe.
There is also no requirement to have an EICR carried out when selling a property but if you are looking to buy one and the vendors say that the electrics have been checked recently, they should be able to provide a copy of the report. There is, unfortunately, no central register that keeps a list of EICRs that have been carried out.
If you own your property, we recommend that you have the electrics checked every ten years, using a registered electrician. You can find one near you here.