Landlord’s Electrical Certificates Westonbirt
According to the office for National Statistics, 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%).
With so many more properties coming on to the rental market and demand rising in Westonbirt and all over the country, it is essential that Landlords know their legal duties. This including duty of care to their tenants and providing Landlord’s Electrical Safety Certificates for each Westonbirt home.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is the main legislation for landlords in England and Wales.
This Act requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when a tenancy begins. This also states, the rental should also maintain in this condition throughout the tenancy. The Act also makes 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, Landlords are required by law to ensure:
- The installation in a rental is safe when tenants move in and kept in this condition throughout the duration.
- 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).
Electrical Testing & Inspections in Westonbirt
Our Westonbirt electricians who carry out electrical testing have qualifications 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 done by 3rd party electricians. Therefore, providing all Landlords with the highest level of electrical competency to be able to report on installations.
We also provide Gas & Oil Landlords Safety Checks. Please see our other Landlords page for more details.
What is an Electrical Installation?
The electrical installation consists of all the fixed electrical kit that supplies through the electricity meter. It includes the cables – normally 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?
An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. This is a full report which shows the condition of the 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 needed as shown 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 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. However, this can change in certain circumstances. For Landlords that supply electrical items, these should have a test done before the new tenant moves in. 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 safety of the electrical installation.
Things to look out for and report to the Landlord are as follows:
- Broken sockets and light switches.
- Signs of scorching around sockets due to overloading.
- Overheating of equipment (such as light fittings fitted with the wrong lamps) – usually 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, please click on the following link – ESC Landlord Guide.
Our electricians not only carry out electrical testing in Westonbirt they can also carry out all electrical work. From replacing a broken socket, replacing the consumer unit (fuse board) to carrying out a complete rewire. If your rental needs any work done, we can arrange an appointment with the tenant to carry out a site visit to assess and quote.
We can also help with any electrical emergency. 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 problem then we can arrange for one of our electricians to visit your rental to repair the issue.
When completing any electrical services for landlords in Westonbirt, we add the reports and or certificates to our database. This way, should there be any problem in the future and you are asked to provide documentary evidence of works done, we will be able to provide copies as necessary. We are also fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
We 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 competent to do the electrical work you want. 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 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 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 rental have had an assessment. We can also confirm the electricians as competent to carry out all electrical work safely and correctly.
If you have any questions about our Landlord’s Certificates or Electrical testing services in Westonbirt, please do contact us as on 01666 238299. You can also email us at email@example.com and we will be more than happy to help you.
We look forward to being of service to you for all of your electrical testing needs for your Westonbirt home or business.
Areas we cover near to Westonbirt:
Brinkworth | Tetbury | Crudwell | Malmesbury | Minety | Oaksey
Hullavington | Westonbirt | Kemble | Dauntsey | Cirencester