As a landlord, part of the regular inspections you do in your property should go to electrical installations. We all know that faulty electrical installations pose a major risk of fires, electrical shocks and irreversible injuries to people accessing the property.
The government on learning about the risk some landlords who fail to maintain secure, safe and quality accommodation pose to their tenants have set standards and regulations to curb this. In terms of electrical installations, it is now a legal requirement for landlords in England to ensure that their property’s electrical installation is maintained in the safest condition possible.
If you are a Landlord in the UK, you should be aware that the government has set electrical safety regulations to:
• Ensure that with the help of a certified and registered electrician, you inspect the electrical wiring, plug sockets, fuse boxes or consumer units, the light fittings and other fixed electrical components in your rented property after every 5 years. This does not lock out inspections before this period ends, that your electrician feels are necessary.
• Confirm that national electrical safety standards are met throughout the period that a tenant occupies your property.
• Ensure that an (EICR) is submitted to the relevant body in the national government, local council and tenant if needed.
All these electrical safety regulations apply to all landlords in England and aim to provide a safe living environment for all the people who access the rental property. On doing the inspection, you should take the initiative of fixing any serious or minor defects detected in the electrical installation of your property. All the electrical works done to reduce the hazards must also be included by the certified electrician, in the EICR. If there are no defects, the results of the electrical testing should also be recorded in the EICR.
So what exactly is an EICR?
EICR is the contraction of the Electrical Installation Condition Report, a formal document that is drafted following an assessment of the electrical installation condition in a property. A qualified and registered electrician should do the inspection and the drafting of the EICR.
Although the EICRs were not compulsory for landlords before, it is now a legal requirement in the private rented sector. You now must produce this document on inspection of your electrical installation every 5 years unless your qualified electrician advises you to do it sooner. Since there are penalties for non-compliant landlords, it would be best to complete EICR at least one month before it is required.
Although many landlords may take this seriously now because it is a legal requirement, you should know that EICR brings to you and your tenants’ peace of mind knowing that the property is electrically safe. Again, since many tenants now ask for this formal document before they agree to settle in a property, it goes a long way in determining your rental houses’ level of occupancy and hence your overall rental income.
The goals of the EICR are:
• To record the results of an inspection done by a registered electrician on you rental houses and to make sure that the electrical installations done there are safe to be used by the tenants until the next inspection is carried. This includes any repairs done during the inspection.
• To check for damages in the form of wear and tear in the fixed electrical installations that might affect tenants’ safety or the safety of any other person accessing the property.
• To find any component of the electrical installation that does not meet the IET wiring regulations.
• To identify any part in the electrical installation that may cause high temperatures or electrical shocks.
• To provide a record of the installations done at the time of the inspection and to provide a reference for the inspections that will be done in the future.
What to do if your property fails an EICR inspection?
In a case where there is a breach of safety standard as per the regulations of EICR, the fault should be identified by a certified electrician and it should be further investigated or fixed by a certified electrician within 28 days. Once all the work gets completed, there are certain things that need to be done by the landlord:
- The landlord must obtain written confirmation from a certified electrician that the work has been carried out as per the electrical safety standards or all the safety requirements have been met and no further work is required.
- Submit the written confirmation along with the copy of the original report specifying the work required to the local housing authority within 28 of completion of work.
- Provide each resident of the property with the same written confirmation and the original report also within 28 days of completion of work.
This process must be repeated until all the electrical safety standards are completely satisfied.
The most straightforward way to stay on the safe side in the eyes of the tenants, your local authority and the government as a whole is hiring a certified electrician for all your electrical needs.
In this regard, we believe that at C&M Electrical Contractors, we have all it takes to be the most reliable electrical contractor in England, UK you can pick today. We pride ourselves in providing the best electrical services for homes and offices in and around Leicestershire at very competitive prices in the current market. Our team of qualified and experienced electricians performs the job with perfection to make sure you do not face any problem in the future. Please choose us and experience what premium electrical services in all the stages of design, installation inspection, and preparation of EICR means.
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