Unbeknown to many landlords they are putting their assets, themselves and their tenants at significant risk through not having a recognised way of ensuring the electrics in their properties are to a safe standard. Heavy fines, invalidated insurance and even legal repercussions are possible for not keeping up with this requirement. And its so easy to address.
As an experienced engineer I get asked often to clarify what the current expectations are surrounding electrical certification. If you are at all unsure of what your obligations as a landlord are regards your electrical certification then this blog is for you. Read on…
Electrical legislation is somewhat complex to people who are not familiar with it. Below I’ve distilled the obligations facing landlords down to a few simple actions that will see you good.
Landlords are expected to
Ensure that the electrical installation is safe when tenants move into the property and is maintained in a safe condition throughout the duration of the let.
Currently the law does not state a particular road map to do this. This however has caused confusion and the law is under review with recommendations to clarify the requirements. However the law does place a duty of care on the landlord and the landlord must demonstrate due care and diligence. No action will not satisfy this. The electrical regulations BS7671 recommend that EICR (electrical installation condition reports) are carried out not longer than every 5 years on rented properties.
EICRs are the industry standard to check the safety of electrics. To deliver against the due care and diligence expected of landlords an EICR is the accepted method.
Landlords are expected to ensure that any appliances belonging to the landlord and left in the property for use by the Tennant are safe and has at least the CE marking which is the manufactures claim that it meets all requirements under EU law. Beyond this PAT testing is the industry standard to ensure that appliances are in safe working order ands fit for use.
The law expects landlords to provide safe electrics throughout and places the responsibility on them to do this. The accepted industry standard to address this is to carry out an EICR within intervals no longer than 5 years. PAT (portable appliance testing) should be done every 12 months.
If you own a property in London or surrounding areas why not contact me at Quantum Electrical. We have a rolling diary system and can add your property to it to ensure that your electrical testing requirements are always kept up to date. We can carry out EICRs and PAT testing from as little as £180+VAT.
For further information please get in touch any time on 0208 819 3188.