Ensuring your property is safe from electrical hazards and potential fires for your tenants is a crucial responsibility of being a landlord. Your apartments have to meet a minimum safety standard and follow electrical and wiring regulations to minimise any danger or risk. In the United Kingdom, it’s important that you have your electrics properly inspected before renting out to anyone, and to have them checked again regularly by a professional. An electrical safety inspection – done successfully – will earn you a certificate which proves that your property is safe, both to your tenants and the government. The details on the certificate can also help electricians do their jobs properly when rewiring or managing issues in your building.
Here are a few of your burning questions about electrical for rented properties and getting a great inspection done, answered!
How much does an electrical inspection cost in the United Kingdom?
Did you know that the substantial majority of deadly house fires in the United Kingdom are linked to poor wiring or electrical failure? Having an inspection done on your property’s electricals is not a suggestion, but an absolute must! So that begs the question – how much does a proper electrical inspection cost in the United Kingdom? Of course, the price of inspection will depend on your house and your wiring.
Luckily, an inspection almost definitely won’t break the bank, especially when the benefits outweigh the costs. Take a three-bedroom house, for example. You could expect to pay a couple of hundred pounds in total for the electrical inspection, and the process is quick and easy. Most houses have fuse boxes with less than circuits, meaning the inspection shouldn’t take long. And the price per room decreases as the property grows, so with an apartment block you won’t be paying £200 for every three rooms – there will be a significant discount. If your property requires a lot of circuits and wiring, the inspection might take longer and will certainly cost more, but not by a wide margin.
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How much notice does a landlord need to give for an electrical inspection?
Landlords have big responsibilities for keeping their tenants safe and their electrical wiring meeting good standards. Recent regulations mean all landlords need valid electrical inspection certificates, but to have an inspection done they must notify their tenants of the event at the very minimum twenty-four hours before it goes ahead. We recommend, if possible, that you let your renters know that they should expect an electrical inspection a good seven days before the event. Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, it’s good to know who will be inspecting your property and ensure they have the proper and correct qualifications to perform the job. And it’s in the best interest of both tenants and landlord that the electrician doesn’t feel any rush at all, otherwise they may overlook flaws or not spot bad wiring which could cause a tragic accident.
Is it illegal to do your own electric work in the UK?
With all this in mind, you might be tempted to do your electric work for your property by yourself. It definitely saves a bit of money at least, and possibly time if you work fast but effectively. The good news is that currently in the United Kingdom it is legal for you to perform your own electric wiring work and inspections by yourself, as long as you have the training, experience, and knowledge to do it properly. You’re allowed to do most of the important parts of electrical work. However, the downside of this is that you will still have to hire an electrician to drop by and quickly inspect your work to verify that what you’ve done is safe and correct. For many landlords, this makes doing the electrical work themselves pointless, and honestly, you might just prefer to hire a professional once and get it over with! This is what we personally recommend.
Do I need any electrical certificate to sell my house in the UK?
Believe it or not, in the United Kingdom you are not legally obligated to source your buyers with a valid electrical inspection safety certificate if you’re planning to sell your house or property. As a landlord, it’s essential that you have proper inspections done, but if you’re merely trying to sell your family house or something similar, then you can go ahead without a certificate.
But this does not apply in all cases. For example, if you’re selling through an agent or representative, you will absolutely need to have a good inspection done and the electrical safety of your property to be verified. Also, many solicitors will ask you to provide details on the safety features of your house and to verify that it is following all United Kingdom safety standards, and yes, this does mean an electrical inspection.
As a landlord, there’s not really a way out – you’re legally responsible for the safety of your tenants, and this involves making sure that all your wiring, lights, sockets, and circuits are updated, high-quality and not wearing. So, having an electrical inspection done is a legal obligation in the interests of keeping your renters safe. Many tenants ask for details on the safety standards of properties they’re interested in, so it’s always recommended to have an electrical safety certificate on hand if they ask, and if there is any government inspection in the future, you’ll be set for it if you’ve prepared in advance.
In conclusion, therefore, whether you are a landlord or just selling your house, you’re almost definitely going to need an electrical safety inspection done so you can go ahead. It is essential to keeping people safe and minimizing hazards.
At C&M, we provide electrical management services for every type of rented property, whether it is residential or commercial. We are a NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) approved contractors. So, with us, you can be sure that you will get professional and best service. If you want to learn more or find out specific details for your property, please feel free to contact us here!
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