Landlord certificates and electrical condition reports
If you’re a landlord you may be exposing yourself to significant financial risks if you do not fully comply with your electrical safety obligations.
At Simat, we are able to provide all the electrical certification and testing needed to ensure your properties and tenants are safe, while also complying with the law and your insurance provider’s requirements.
A landlord’s responsibilities
There are landlord responsibilities that apply to electrical safety, including:
- Ensuring the entire electrical system is safe upon initial occupancy and throughout tenancy, including wiring and insulation throughout the property.
- Any landlord supplied appliances are safe and carry at least the appropriate CE marking.
What’s more, if your property is considered a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO), a periodic inspection should be carried out to ensure overall electrical safety at least every 5 years.
Aside from HMO inspections, there are no timescales stipulated by law in relation to electrical safety, however, it’s highly recommended that checks take place in between tenancies – as well as at least every 5 years. You may find your insurance provider has requirements above and beyond these recommendations – so check your policy paperwork careful.
A qualified and accredited electrical contractor can provide a certificate that confirms the electrical safety of a property – known either as a Landlord Certificate, an Electrical Condition Report or an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
What’s involved in certification?
One of our NICEIC accredited team will visit your premises at a time that’s convenient for you and any tenants occupying the property.
The initial part of the inspection requires that the electricity is disconnected from the mains supply. It is unlikely that the property needs to be disconnected for long – but this will depend on the size of the premises to some degree. In commercial or industrial settings the power is likely to need disconnecting for slightly longer, owing again to size.
The testing and certification process involves different stages, beginning with a visual inspection throughout. After the visual testing, ‘dead testing’ takes place with electrical test meters on disconnected circuits – checking for inadequate connections, insulation resistance and the correct polarity.
When dead testing is complete, ‘live testing’ takes place – a process designed to check what happens in the property were a fault to occur, specifically throughout the earth fault loops and the RCD/RCBO devices that protect against the circuits overloading.
Observations and recommendations
When each of the inspection processes is complete, a number of observations may be made – ranging from the recommendation that immediate action is taken to prevent injury – through to improvement recommendations that a landlord may want to carry out in the future.
In some instances, it may be possible for Simat to do a partial test of a property. This is generally only relevant in larger commercial or industrial premises with a good history of electrical safety – and can be especially useful if it is not feasible to take the entire property off the main’s supply at once.
When the inspection and certification process is complete, a physical certificate is created that confirms the property has met the appropriate standard. This can then be presented to tenants, letting agents, insurance companies and other organisations who may require proof that your property is electrically safe.
If you’re a landlord and would like to talk to us about providing accredited certification and electrical condition reports for your property, we’d be delighted to speak to you in more depth about the service we provide.
You can contact us by emailing directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 01204 400 696.