The safety of your tenants is one of your obligations as a landlord. This means having your property certified to prove that it is safe for dwelling. One of the certifications you should aim for is the electrical inspection certificate or EICR (electrical installation condition report), which ensures the safety of electrical installations, whether they have been newly added or installed, or altered. The certification ensures that they are safe to use at the time they were put into service. EICR may depend on the type and extent of electrical installation, testing, or inspection that is required for your property.
The electrical safety certificate can indicate electrical faults, which could cause burn or shock to animals and humans alike. It can indicate if an electrical installation or appliance is safe to use, and if your property is properly protected against damage that can be caused by extreme heat or fire from a defective area. The certificate can indicate if additions to your electrical installations could increase your risk of overloading and if alterations to the system could cause damage or harm. The electrical safety certificate can indicate if there has been any water damage or flooding due to leaks, too.
As the landlord, it is your responsibility to choose a qualified electrician to carry out the test and produce the report and electrical safety certificate. Be sure to get a professional electrician that is registered with NAPIT, ELECSA, or NICEIC, so you can be sure that you are hiring someone who is competent and knowledgeable in testing and checking the condition of electrical systems against BS 7671, the UK standard for safety of electrical installations. Landlord electrical certificates should be acquired every three to five years, but the frequency could change depending on a past inspection’s findings. By fulfilling your duty, you can ensure that all electrical installations and appliances in the property are safe.