The requirement to have Electrical Safety Testing/Certification on rented property is due to commence 1 July, 2020, despite the current crisis.
If you are letting property in England, any tenancy created or renewed on or after July 1st 2020 will require an electrical inspection and a report on the condition of the property (EICR, Electrical Inspection Condition Report) performed by a qualified person. Additionally, any remedial works required following the inspection must be carried out within 28 days and the final report provided to the tenant.
Renewals in this case include statutory periodic tenancies that are created at the end of a fixed term on or after this date, so not renewing in writing does not avoid the requirement.
For pre-existing tenancies, you will need to have an EICR performed before April 1st 2021.
It is very important that these checks are done as soon as possible, especially for properties that are on the market or a new tenant is due to move in to.
The EICR must be provided to the tenants before occupation (same as the gas cert), and within 28 days of it being renewed. The certificates are valid for 5 years.