Landlord’s Electrical Certificates – Lower Slaughter
According to the office for National Statistics, 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. A huge rise of 1.7 million (63%).
With demand rising in the Lower Slaughter area and more properties coming on to the rental market, it is vital that every Landlords knows their duty of care to their tenants which includes providing Electrical Certificates. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is the main legislation for landlords in England and Wales.
The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 requires that the electrical installation in a rental is safe when a tenancy starts. This also should maintain in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. The Act makes it an implied term of every tenancy that the landlord will ‘keep in repair the structure and exterior’ of the property. Also they should ‘keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity’.
As detailed from the Electrical Safety Organisation, Landlords have a requirement by law to ensure:
- The electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout.
- That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has an EICR (periodic inspection) carried out on the property every five years. If the rental is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a registered electrician carries out an EICR (periodic inspection and test) on your rental properties at least every five years.
- That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking. (This is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
Electrical Testing & Inspections in Lower Slaughter
Landlord Electrical Testing & Inspections
Our Lower Slaughter 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 the work completed by 3rd party electricians. Therefore, this provides each Landlord with the highest level of electrical competency to be able to report on the installation of the rental property.
We also provide Gas & Oil Landlords Safety Checks. Please see our other Landlords page for more details.
The Electrical Installation
The electrical installation consists of all the fixed equipment that is supplied through the electricity meter. It includes the cables, generally hidden behind the walls and ceilings, sockets, switches, lights and the Fuse board (Consumer Unit) 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 installation. It details 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 advise of the issues. Giving graded remedial works needed as listed below:
C1: Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action needed.
C2: Could be dangerous – Urgent remedial action needed.
C3: Improvement advised.
FI: Further investigation needed without delay.
Electrical appliances that have passed a PAT test are considered to be safe to use until the next test date. The next test date will be 12 months from the date of the previous test. However, this can change in certain circumstances. For instance, if a Landlord supplies electrical items, these should be tested prior to each new tenant. Even if this is less than 12 months from the previous test date.
There are some simple visual checks that Tenants can do and 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.
- Overheating of electrical items (such as light fittings fitted with the wrong lamps) – you might notice 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 not only carry out electrical testing, they can also carry out all electrical work in and around Lower Slaughter. From replacing a broken socket or installing a new fuse board (consumer unit) to carrying out a complete rewire. If your rental property needs any electrical work, we can arrange a time with the tenant to carry out a site visit to assess and quote as necessary.
We can also help with electrical problems. Whether it is just advice over the phone for something straight forward i.e. resetting an RCD that has tripped. Or, if it is a more complicated issue then we can arrange for one of our electricians to visit your rental to repair the problem.
When completing any electrical services for landlords in Lower Slaughter, we add the reports and or certificates to our database. Therefore, if you have any problems in the future and say you have to provide documentary evidence of completed works, we will be able to provide copies as and when needed. We are fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Prestige Electrical Services are members of the following professional bodies:
ELECSA – operates competent person schemes on behalf of the government. This is to make sure that the contractors you use are technically able to do the electrical work you need. The scheme relating to electricians is the Part P scheme. We are also a member of this scheme. 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 each day.
TrustMark – is a non-profit making organisation, licensed by the Government and supported by consumer protection groups. A firm’s technical skills have had an independent check done with regular on-site inspections. We have signed up to a code of practice that includes insurance, good health and safety practices and good customer care.
Being part of the above gives Landlord’s peace of mind that the electricians working in your rental have had assessments. We can also confirm the electricians as competent to carry out all work safely and correctly.
If you have have any questions about our Landlord Electrical Certificates or services in Lower Slaughter or if you would like an quote, then please do contact Leisa or a member of our team. You can call us on 01451 798009. Alternatively, you can drop us an email at email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
We look forward to being of service to you for all your Landlord needs.
Areas we cover near to Lower Slaughter:
Stow-on-the-Wold | Windrush | Northleach
Upper Slaughter | Lower Slaughter