Landlord’s Electrical Certificates – Swindon
The office for National Statistics states that the number of households living in the private rental sector in the UK rose from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.5 million in 2017. A large increase of 1.7 million (63%).
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is the main legislation for landlords in England and Wales.
With many more properties on the rental market due to demand rising, it is important that Landlords knows their duty of care to their tenants. This includes providing a Landlord’s Electrical Safety Certificate for the property in Swindon. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is the main legislation for landlords in England and Wales.
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.
As detailed from the Electrical Safety Organisation, all Landlords have a requirement by law to make sure that:
- The electrical installation in a rental is safe when the tenants move in and kept 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 property 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 (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
Landlord Electrical Testing & Inspections
Our Swindon 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. This also ensures that we can provide each Landlord with the highest level of electrical competency to be able to report on the installation for their Swindon rental.
We also provide Gas & Oil Landlords Safety Checks. Please see our other Landlords page for more details.
The electrical installation comprises of the fixed electrical equipment that supplies through the electricity meter. This includes the cables that are normally behind the walls and in the ceilings, sockets, switches and light fittings etc. It also includes the Consumer unit (fuse board) that houses all the fuses, circuit-breakers and RCD’s (residual current devices).
EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)
An EICR is a full report which details the condition of the electrical installation. It shows all of the testing results and confirms whether the electrical wiring meets the current 18th Edition IET regulations. If the electrics do not meet the regulations the report will detail the issue. Giving grades of priority of remedial works required as 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 (i.e. Kettles, Microwave, Washing Machine etc) that have passed a PAT test are considered as safe to use until the next test date. The next test date normal is 12 months from the date of the passed test, however this can change. For instance if a Landlord has supplied electrical items these should have a test done 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 to be able 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:
- Signs of scorching around sockets.
- Broken sockets and light switches.
- Overheating of electrical equipment (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.
Please click the following link – ESC Landlord Guide to download a copy of the Landlords’ guide to electrical safety issued by the Electrical Safety council.
Our electricians carry out electrical testing and they also carry out all other types of electrical work from replacing a broken switch, changing the consumer unit (fuse board) or carrying out a complete rewire. If your rental property in Swindon requires any electrical work, we can arrange a time with the tenant to carry out a site visit to assess and quote.
We can also deal with any electrical emergency. Whether it is advice over the phone for something straightforward i.e. resetting an RCD that has tripped. If it’s a bigger problem then we can arrange an electrician to visit the property to repair the fault.
When completing electrical work for an Swindon landlord, the report and or certificate is added to our database. Therefore, any problems in the future and you are asked to provide documentary evidence of electrical works completed we will be able to provide copies as necessary. We are also fully covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
We are members of the following professional bodies:
ELECSA – operates competent person schemes on behalf of the government. This ensures that the contractors you use are technically able to do the electrical work you want. The scheme relating to electricians is the Part P scheme of which we are 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 can assure you that the electricians working in your rental property have had an assessment and confirmed as competent to carry out electrical work safely and correctly.
If you have do have any questions about our Landlord services or you would like an quote, then please do give Leisa or a member of our team a call on Swindon, 01793 297017. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.
We look forward to being of service to you in your rental properties.
Areas we cover near to Swindon:
Blunsdon | Cricklade | Highworth | Purton | Wanborough | Ashton Keynes
Somerford Keynes | Minety | Upper Minety | Purton Stoke | Lydiard Millicent | Lydiard Tregoze
Upper Wanborough | Hinton Parva | Idstone | Haydon Wick