Electrical Certificates

Electrical Certificates

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A majority of landlords take their tenants safety very seriously and make many contributions to their rentals to make them safe places to live, however a small minority of landlords fail to do so.

These new regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every 5 years. Landlords then have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants.

The Regulations came into effect on 1st June 2020 for new tenancies and will come into effect on the 1st April 2021 for all existing tenancies.

The inspection will find out if:
  • any electrical installations are overloaded
  • there are any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • there is any defective electrical work
  • there is a lack of earthing or bonding – these are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations.

Landlords must obtain a report (usually an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) from the person conducting the inspection and test which explains its outcomes and any investigative or remedial work required.

Landlords must then supply a copy of this report to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.

If a local authority requests it, landlords must supply them with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving the request.

If the report requires remedial work or further investigation, landlords must provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to the local authority within 28 days of completing the work.

Landlords must retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.

Information above is from the .Gov website, for more information click here


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