My property was rewired in 2014, telling me to have it checked in ten years' time. Do I need to do anything now the legislation has changed?

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Landlords of privately rented properties in England and Scotland are required to have the electrical installation checked every five years

Answered by Farrah, Electrical Safety Expert

Landlords of privately rented properties in England and Scotland are required to have the electrical installation checked every five years. So, if you rent out your property then you need to get the electrics checked by getting a registered electrician to carry out an inspection. They will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that will either confirm that the electrics are safe or list any remedial work required to make the property safe.

If you are a landlord in Wales or Northern Ireland we advise that you have the electrics checked on a five yearly basis, although this is not currently a legal requirement.

If you are an owner-occupier there is no requirement in the UK to have the electrical installation checked. However, if you do have concerns about the safety of your property, then you should ask a registered electrician to carry out an inspection.

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