After many months of deliberation The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in the coming months.

In a surprisingly sensible manner, the government are introducing the legislation in a 2 year staged process to give landlords plenty of time to fulfil the requirements. In year one, all new private tenancies will be affected, and in year two all existing tenancies will come within the scope of the scheme.

The implementation date has not yet been clarified, but MHCLG has stated its intention is to introduce the legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows. Landlords and agents will then be given at least six months to familiarise with the new legislation before it comes into force.

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.