Dursley Landlord’s Electrical Certificates
The office for National Statistics quote the number of households living in the private rental sector in the UK increased from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.5 million in 2017. An increase of 1.7 million (63%).
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is the main legislation for landlords in England and Wales.
With demand ever growing for rental properties, it is vital that Landlords know their duty of care to their tenants. This included providing your tenants with the Landlord’s Electrical Safety Certificate for your Dursley property.
The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 makes it an implied term of every tenancy that the landlord will ‘keep in repair the structure and exterior’ of the property and ‘keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity’.
The Electrical Safety Organisation, details that Landlords have a requirement by law to ensure:
- The electrical installation in a rental is safe when tenants move in and maintained in safe condition throughout its duration.
- That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
- That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has an EICR (periodic inspection) carried out on the property every five years. If the property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that an EICR (periodic inspection and test) is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
Landlord Electrical Testing & Inspections
Our Dursley Electricians who carry out electrical testing are qualified to the 18th Edition IET (City & Guilds 2382-18) wiring regulations and CITY & GUILDS Inspection & Testing Certification of Electrical Installations. This allows each electrician to complete and sign off their own work as well as inspect and test work completed by 3rd party electricians. Therefore, providing each Landlord with the highest level of electrical competency to be able to report on the installation.
We also provide Gas & Oil Landlords Safety Checks. Please see our other Landlords page for full details.
What is Electrical Installation?
The electrical installation consists of all the fixed equipment that is supplied through the electricity meter. It includes the cables – ordinarily hidden in the walls and ceilings, sockets, switches and light fittings and the consumer unit (fuse board) that contains all the fuses, circuit-breakers and RCD’s (residual current devices).
What is an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)?
An EICR is a full report which details the condition of the electrical installation. It shows all the testing results and advises whether the electrical wiring meets the current 18th Edition IET regulations. If the electrics do not meet the regulations the report will detail the issues giving grades of priority of remedial works required as detailed below:
C1: Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action needed.
C2: Could be dangerous – Urgent remedial action required.
C3: Improvement advised.
FI: Further investigation needed without delay.
Appliances that have passed a PAT test are deemed to be safe to use until the next test date. The next test date in most circumstances will be 12 months from the date of the previous test. Although this can depend, for example, if a Landlord has supplied some electrical appliances i.e. Microwave, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer etc, these items should be tested before each new tenant even if this is less than 12 months from the previous PAT test.
There are some simple visual checks that Tenants can do to keep the Landlord up to date with the general safety of the electrical installation:
Things to look out for and report to the Landlord are:
- Broken sockets and light switches.
- Signs of scorching around sockets due to overloading.
- Overheating of electrical items (such as light fittings fitted with the wrong lamps) – can be noticed by a strong, often fish-like, smell.
- Damaged cables to portable electrical appliances or trailing cables / flexes.
To download a copy of the Landlords’ guide to electrical safety issued by the Electrical Safety council click on the following link ESC Landlord Guide.
Our electricians carry out electrical testing and all electrical work. From replacing a broken socket, installing a new consumer unit (fuse board) and rewiring a property. If your rental property needs any work done then we can arrange a time with the tenant to carry out a site visit to assess, quote and carry out the work.
We can also help with any electrical emergency. Whether it is just advice over the phone for something straightforward i.e. resetting an RCD that has tripped. Or, if it is a more complicated problem then we can arrange for one of our electricians to visit your rental property to repair the issue.
When completing electrical work for a landlord in Dursley, we add any reports and or certificates to our database. So, if in the future you need to provide documentary evidence of works completed we will be able to provide copies as and when needed.
We are fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance and are members of the following professional bodies:
ELECSA operates competent person schemes on behalf of the government. This is to ensure that the contractors you use are technically able to do the work you want or need. The scheme relating to electricians is the Part P scheme of which we are also a member.
The ELECSA mission is to maintain and promote the best industry practice that underlines the technical integrity of the work that their approved contractors carry out on behalf of their customers every day.
TrustMark is a non-profit making organisation, licensed by the Government and supported by consumer protection groups. A firm’s technical skills have an independent check done with regular on-site inspections. We signed up to a code of practice that includes insurance, good health and safety practices and good customer care.
By being a part of the above, we are giving you peace of mind that the electricians visiting your property have had an assessment done. We can also confirm the electricians as competent to carry out all work safely and correctly.
If you have do have any questions about our Landlord Electrical services or you would like a quote, then please do give Leisa or a member of our team a call on 01453 297002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be more than happy to answer your questions or arrange a quote for you.
We look forward to being of service to you for all your Landlord requirements in and around Dursley.
Areas we cover near to Dursley:
Cainscross | Dursley | Kingswood | Minchinhampton | Nailsworth
Northleach | Stonehouse | Stroud | Woodchester