The specialist lettings and management property firm in Leeds, Adair Paxton, has welcomed the governments new initiative which is a mandatory five-year electrical installation check on private rented housing.
Adair Paxton, which is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, currently manages over 600 residential properties, as well as a service charge for over 4,000 flats, in addition to shops, offices, factories and mills across Yorkshire.
The Director of Adair Paxton, Guy Roberts said:
“This has been on the cards for about 15 years now. We’ve been obtaining these certificates and providing them to 99% of our tenants for so long already, so it’s about time legislation caught up! Whilst unnecessary regulation in an already highly-regulated sector is unwelcome, in this instance, we believe it should have been made a mandatory requirement in the same manner as the regulations surrounding gas are.
“It’s essential that tenants are given the protection they deserve from unnecessary dangers and this new legislation will help with that.”
The new legislation was announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and will be phased in over two years – in the first year all new private tenancies will be affected and in the second year all existing tenancies will have to be certified.
The current implementation date has not been confirmed, but MHCLG has stated its intention to introduce legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows, with lettings agents and landlords being given at least six months to familiarise themselves with the new legislation before it comes into force.
“Anyone concerned about the legislation should speak to an agent already familiar with all the procedures to ensure a smooth and timely solution to the new requirements. However, properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until five years have passed since it was issued.
“What’s really important is that agents make sure that the electricians they hire to issue the EICR hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection, something we have done now for many years.”