Private landlords in England and Scotland are required by law to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked every five years
Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert
Private landlords in England and Scotland are required by law to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked every five years. You should use a registered electrician to carry out the checks and they will issue you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that will let you know whether the installation is safe or any improvements/repairs are needed.
Although not yet a legal requirement in Wales and Northern Ireland, we strongly recommend that you have the electrics checked to ensure the safety of your tenants and property.
If you have had an inspection carried out within the last five years, you would not need a new one in order to rent out your property. You should provide a copy of the report to your new tenants, and then once it is five years since that inspection, you will need to have a new one carried out.
You can find a registered electrician near you here.
Find out more about landlords' obligations here.