Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate
Compulsory electrical safety report for landlords from 01st July 2020
It is official, the government has announced new electrical safety regulations which will apply to all new tenancies in England from the 01st of July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1st of April 2021.
All landlords will need to abide to the new regulations before tenancies can start.
Landlords who fail to comply with these new safety regulations could face a fine of up to £30 000
What do the new electrical safety regulations entail?
According to the official housing and local community government website these new regulations include:
- Landlord’s responsibility to ensure national standards for electrical safety are met as set in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’
- All electrical installations must be inspected and tested at least every five years by a competent person
- Landlord’s must have proof the inspection and testing of the properties have been carried out and obtain a report from the “competent person”
What should landlords do with the electrical safety report?
- Provide a copy of the report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
- Provide a copy of this report to new tenants before tenancy can start.
- Provide a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
- Provide a copy of the electrical safety report of a property to the local authority within 7 days if requested.
- Keep a copy of the electrical safety report for the next inspection.
- Fix any electrical issues that may have been highlighted during the inspection within 28 days.
- Inform the local authority and tenants within 28 days that any electrical issues which have been highlighted within the report have been fixed.
Where can you find a “competent person” to conduct the electrical safety report?
A “competent person” must be part of the competent person scheme established by the government.
Any member of the scheme is able to guarantee and certify their work complies with the most up to date building regulation
Excel electricians LTD is part of the scheme. This means we are able to carry out installation or remedial work as well as undertake an electrical safety report. If you need further information call us on: 07947 194448
What is included as part of the inspection?
The aim of the inspection is to find out if:
- There are any overloaded electrical installations within the property.
- Identify possible risks of electrical fire.
- Check that all electrical work is in good order and there is no malfunction.
- There is insufficient earthing and bonding
The testing of Electrical appliances such as cookers, fridges, televisions is not included as part of the inspection, however, we advise landlords to carry out what is known as a portable appliance testing or PAT which will ensure all appliances are safe and in good working order to prevent any potential risks.
Is the inspection necessary for new builds?
In short, no.
New builds automatically include an EIC which stands for Electrical Installation certificate which landlords can use instead of the report and give a copy to the tenants and, or, the local authority.
This also applies to properties that have been entirely rewired (as long as an EIC was provided). The EIC will be valid for a period of 5 years from the date it was issued.
What happens if the safety report highlights any faults?
Landlords will have the obligation to carry out remedial work or investigate further within 28 days of the inspection being completed.
The remedial work will need to be done by a “competent person” who must provide written confirmation the work has been completed and that the electrical safety standards have been met.
A copy of the written confirmation should be given to the local authority and the tenants within 28 days of completion.
Do you need an electrical safety certificate to rent a house?
What if the landlord doesn’t do the repairs?
Should the landlord not abide to the new electrical regulations, the local authorities will serve a “remedial notice” if they feel they have reasonable ground to take action.
If the landlord decides to ignore such notice, local authorities are empowered to carry out the repairs themselves and claim the costs from the landlord.
What if a tenant doesn’t let anyone in the property for the inspection?
Unfortunately these situations occur more often than not. And with self-isolation due to the corona virus, it could become a more frequent issue.
As a landlord you must be able to show you have done everything possible to comply with the new safety regulations.
Make sure you keep trace of all communication with the tenant such as emails or letters and keep a copy of any previous electrical inspection report to show the property was in good condition at the time it was lat done.
How much does a landlord electrical safety certificate cost?
Neither the electrical safety certificate not the Portable appliance testing are hugely expensive.
That’s why we recommend you conduct both so it gives you piece of mind.
Excel Electrician offers very competitive rates:
Electrical certificate will start at £120 for a 1 bedroom flat while PAT testing starts at £60 and will include up to 10 appliances .
For full details on our prices visit our rates page.
Electricians you can trust for your Electrical Safety Certificate
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