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This question relates to EICRs in blocks of flats where there is a separate metered supply to each flat with the meters all located in one place, perhaps near the main entrance plus a communal supply for lighting the communal areas – staircases, landings etc.
According to the regulations, the inspection by each landlord should include the wiring from the meter to the consumer unit in the flat as:
“electrical installation” means fixed electrical cables or fixed electrical equipment located on the consumer’s side of the electricity supply meter; (Building Regs 2010 S2 (1))
But under the Regulations responsibility arguably also lies with each landlord to ensure the safety of the communal installation, arrange periodic inspections and provide copies of the report to each tenant as “residential premises means premises all or part of which comprises a dwelling” (Housing and Planning Act 2016 S122 (6); “dwelling” includes a dwelling-house and a flat (Building Regs 2010 S2 (1); so the whole block could fall within that definition.
This responsibility should normally, I assume be picked up by the management company as agent for each owner but does anyone have a view whether the obligations under the Regulations do in fact extend to the communal installation and if so, whether a copy of the EICR needs to be supplied to each tenant in addition to the EICR for their particular flat? What about penalties for non-compliance? Who is responsible?
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