I rent my flat in Cardiff out and my tenant has asked for an electrical certificate. What do I need to do?

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From December 1st the Renting Home (Wales) Act 2016 will be implemented across the private rented sector in Wales

Answered by Rupert, Electrical Safety Expert

From December 1st the Renting Home (Wales) Act 2016 will be implemented across the private rented sector in Wales. Included in this is the requirement for landlords to provide an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) which will assess the electrical installations in the property and flag and carry out any remedial work which is required. 

Existing tenancies will be permitted a year's grace period in which they must abide by the regulations a year after they have been implemented. However, tenancies after December 1st 2022 must have proof that an EICR has been conducted on the rented property. 

We would always recommend that a periodic inspection is carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years as it is a legal requirement that one is carried out every five years for all privately rental properties in England and Scotland.

If an EICR is needed, you can find an electrician local to you here.

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