Safety is an important aspect of finding rental property, and if you want more tenants, you need to assure them that your property is safe. One way to do this is by having your property tested periodically and assured with an electrical certificate. Only through regular electrical testing and inspections you can ensure that your general wiring and appliances are compliant with relevant standards. Certification can make your tenants confident about your property’s safety. Moreover, it may help prevent costly legal issues, which can occur as a result of your negligence.
As the landlord, it is your responsibility to follow all the government policies and standards to ensure your property’s safety. With periodic electrical testing, you can be sure that all wiring specifications and electrical appliances are able to fulfil the standards for safe and optimum living conditions. Tenants are more likely to choose your rental property when they are guaranteed to be minimally at risk for electric shocks, fires, and burns. For a consistent safety record, be sure to schedule electrical inspections to have your electrical certificates updated by a registered electrician.
An electrical safety certificate will indicate any dangerous electrical faults, installations that are unsafe for use, and if certain additions or installations can cause damage, harm, or overloading. Likewise, it can indicate any protection against any damage to the property by heat or fire from defective points. Take a note of British Standard 7671, which requires electrical reports for installations. There is no specific range of time to conduct periodic testing and certification, but an electrician can guide you on the frequency according to the current condition, age, and use of the electrical installation. In most cases, electricians will follow these timelines:
- A maximum period of a decade (10 years) for domestic use
- Every five years for commercial properties
- Every three years for industrial installations
- Every year for public swimming pools, establishments that have entertainment licenses, and parks.