April 1 2021, saw the PRS legislation come into force. Introduced back in June 2020, this essential piece of legislation made it mandatory for private landlords in England to have electrical safety checks carried out on their properties at least every five years. The rules also stated that these electrical safety checks had to be carried out by a qualified and competent person.   
When introduced, the expectation was all properties in the private rental sector in England would have a valid EICR or EIC in place by April 1 2021.    
Of course, COVID-19 has impacted the realities of delivering this objective. However, given the regulation's safety-critical nature, the Government has clearly stated they will not alter or delay the legislation's implementation.    
Instead, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued general guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities on renting in the context of COVID-19.   
So what does the guidance cover, and what does it mean for both contractors and landlords?
Providing health and safety measures are in place; electrical contractors can continue to undertake electrical work if the occupier/tenant/ landlord are happy for work to proceed.
Contractors looking for help relating to EICR classification coding should refer to Electrical Safety First's Best Practice Guide 4 and the Wiring Regulations Advisory Group's (WRAG) FAQs. Links to both resources can be seen under the Useful Information Section on this page.

Free to download, these documents have been created by a cross-industry panel to provide agreed best practice guidance.

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It is critical to note that the Government has not altered or delayed the implementation of the PRS legislation.   
However, MHCLG has confirmed should a tenant refuse access, or if the landlord is unable to find an inspector due to COVID restrictions, the landlord will not breach their duty, providing they can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply.  
Evidence of reasonable steps includes keeping copies of communications with tenants and electrical contractors detailing the attempts made to arrange the inspection, including any replies received.    
Landlords are also encouraged to keep records to show the installation is in good condition while they attempt to arrange works. This could include the servicing record and previous safety reports.   
A full copy of the MHCLG guidance can be viewed here.   
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