21 Jan Electrical Safety Checks for Landlords in Bedfordshire
The Impact Electrical and Security Services team were called out recently by a landlord whose tenants were having problems with a shower that kept tripping. This meant they had to keep resetting – always a sign there’s a problem. Once we took a look we found a horrible mess of cables, worn and pretty dangerous to be honest. The landlord booked in a fuse board change straight away, and a full Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR).
Ensuring that the electrics in a rental property are safe for tenants to use is now a legal requirement. Failure to have an Electrical Safety Certificate proving that this is the case, can land you with a hefty fine or even a prison sentence. In our experience, most landlords want to comply with the EICR regulation, but often they’re not sure what they need to do. Impact carries out electrical safety checks for landlords in Bedfordshire, so we’re describing what’s required in this blog.
What is an Electrical Safety Certificate?
An Electrical Safety Certificate demonstrates that a landlord is compliant with EICR regulations. It proves that any property they rent out has been thoroughly inspected by a professional, accredited electrician in the past 5 years. An electrical inspection includes:
- Identifying any defective electrics
- Checking for overloaded circuits
- Ensuring there’s an RCD safety device
- Visual inspection of fusebox and electrical wiring
Once the inspection has taken place a report will follow, including a list of actions and recommendations. Once remediation work (if necessary) has taken place, the Electrical Safety Certificate can be issued and is good for 5 years.
Is The Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate A Legal Requirement?
The Law relating to EICR was changed in July 2020. This means that there is now a legal requirement for landlords to have an electrical installation condition report carried out. The document needs to be available to tenants, the local authority, or the managing agent within 30 days of requesting it. All existing tenancies will require an EICR report by April 2021.
Who Should Carry Out EICR Inspections
Testing will only be valid if carried out by professionally accredited electricians. Their task is to check that the standards of rental electrical installations meet the UK standard. This is the BS 7671 which relates to the safety of wiring for electrical infrastructure, white goods and portable appliances.
Electrical Safety Certificates can only be awarded by professional, accredited electricians.
Impact Electrical and Security Services is an Accredited EICR Electrician
We’re a local Bedfordshire business, and provide a prompt and efficient electrical safety checks for landlords in Bedford, Dunstable, Luton and the villages. If you haven’t yet had an EICR inspection on your rental property, contact us to ensure your compliance prior to the April 2021 deadline. We also offer electrical maintenance and repairs for rental properties across the county.