Landlord’s Electrical Certificates
The office for National Statistics shows that 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 so many more properties coming on to the rental market and demand rising, it is vital that Landlords knows their duties of care to their tenants. This includes providing a Landlord’s Electrical Certificate for your rental property. 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 rented property is: safe when a tenancy begins and kept in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. 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, Landlords have a requirement by law to make sure:
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 and test) 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 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 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 all Landlords with the highest level of electrical competency to be able to report on installations.
What is the Electrical Installation?
The installation consists of all the fixed electrical equipment that has a supply through the electricity meter. It includes the cables that will have 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 wiring meets the current 18th Edition IET regulations. If the electrics do not meet the regulations, the report will detail issues giving grades of priority remedial works needed:
C1: Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action needed.
C2: Potentially dangerous – Urgent remedial action needed.
C3: Improvement recommended.
FI: Further investigation needed without delay.
Appliances that have passed a PAT test have 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 a passed test. However, this can change in certain circumstances and for Landlords, items should have a test before a 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 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 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
Please click the following link, ESC Landlord Guide to download a copy of the Landlord’s guide to electrical safety issue. Issued by the Electrical Safety council.
Our Electricians not only carry out electrical testing but they can also carry out all electrical work. From replacing a broken socket, replacing the consumer unit (fuse board) to carrying out a rewire. If your rental property needs any electrical work, we can arrange a convenient appointment with the tenant to carry out a site visit to assess and send you a 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 electrical problem then we can arrange for one of our electricians to visit your rental property to repair the electrical issue.
We add reports and/or certificates to our database when completing electrical services for Landlords, in case of any future problem. You will then provide documentary evidence of works completed, we will be able to provide copies as and when needed.
Being 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 will 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 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 are independently checked 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.
By being part of these professional bodies we are giving you, peace of mind that the electricians visiting your rental property have been assessed and confirmed as competent to carry out the work safely and correctly.
If you have have any questions about our Landlord’s Electrical Certificates services or you would like a quote, then please do give Leisa or a member of our team a call on 0800 228 9574. Please also feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help you.
We look forward to being of service to you for all your Landlord needs.
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