Electrical Safety Certificates
Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate Services
Landlord electrical safety certificates are required by law for all properties that are rented out. Under Part P of UK Building Regulations, the electrical aspects of the property need to be deemed safe, making the property in question safely habitable and this applies to properties of all nature prior to any residents or tenants moving in.
Our team of local engineers efficiently check the electrical systems and provide the expertise and extensive industry insights needed to ensure your property is completely safe and the electricals taken care of. We have over 35 years of experience in all types of electrical works and we have provided surveys and safety certificates for many customers over the years (see some of our projects).
Should any changes or improvements be needed for the property, our engineers are able to facilitate and provide all required works in a timely manner and to the highest standards to ensure the property passes any subsequent assessments.
Contact us today to book an electrical safety test for your property with our registered electricians and engineers to ensure absolute safety for residents and tenants. We have provided numerous safety certificates for landlords across South London and the surrounding areas for many years.
Call Us – 01322 400 743
Getting a Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate
To attain a pass for the property’s safety certificate, all electrical installations and appliances need to be suitably checked, reaching the minimum standard set out in Approved Document P of UK Building Regulations. Landlords need to carry out regular safety checks of appliances and installations to make sure the standards are maintained all year round.
Installations that need to be assessed for electrical safety include:
Sockets and Light Switches – These should be checked for any damage that may influence their working and the overall safety of their operation and use. For example, there should not be any pieces of the casing missing or any scorch marks, which would indicate an underlying problem with the electrics.
Cables and Wires – All properties will have a lot of cables and wires in various places and for various purposes. However, these should all be totally contained within their protective casing and should not have any damage or overloading (using one cable or power source to power too many appliances.)
In cases of residential properties, the Local Authorities can enforce these checks on the landlord is they do not follow their legal requirements.
Which Properties Qualify for Electrical Safety Checks?
These checks and certificates apply to most properties, particularly those used for residential purposes. Common examples include:
- Blocks of flats
- House shares
- Studio flats
- Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)
Is Electrical Appliance Testing Legally Required?
It is strongly recommended to get all appliances (also known as Portable Electrical Appliances) checked in a rented property as part of a Portable Electrical Appliance Test (PAT Test). However, this is not legally required in as strong a sense as for installations.
In cases of rented residential accommodation, it is down to the discretion of the landlord exactly which appliances are checked and exactly how they are tested.
Whilst the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) states that any electrical appliances and equipment with the potential to cause any degree of physical harm needs to be safety checked, it does not set out exactly how these checks should be carried out or by whom. Furthermore, there is no time frame for which this needs to take place within. Therefore, it is down to the landlord to decide, with an annual inspection recommended.
What is the Penalty for Failing to Comply?
Landlords who do not comply with testing procedures for electrical installations and appliances are liable for several potential penalties:
- Invalidated property insurance
- £5,000 fine
- 6-months imprisonment
- Liability for any deaths or injuries caused because of non-compliance
Who can provide Electrical Safety Certificates?
It is important that you get a registered electrician to carry out the checks which will provide you with the safety certificate. Unregistered electricians and technicians are not as highly qualified and are unlikely to have the required levels of knowledge to perform the test accurately and ensure absolute safety for the property.
You can search for electricians and engineers who are registered and approved by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) by visiting the NICEIC website’s ‘find a contractor’ section.
Get in touch to book an Electrical Safety Test
Call us today to book an electrical safety test for your property.
Call Us – 01322 400 743
Our experienced engineers will ensure your property is safe, meets the legally required standards and receives any remedial or improvement work that may be needed at competitive prices.