The UK is set to roll out new regulations making mandatory it for landlords and agents to carry out an inspection and test on all electrical installations every five years. Landlords will also need to obtain an electrical installation condition report and retain it until the next test, supplying the most up to date report to new tenants before they begin occupying the property. The rules come into effect as of July 1st 2020 for new tenancies and April 1st 2021 for existing tenancies.
The fixed wire testing and EICR must be carried out by a professional with the necessary qualifications or you face legal repercussions including financial penalties. Breaching the regulations could result in a £30,000 penalty imposed by the local housing authority.