Electrical Certificates: Why it is Necessary for Landlords

Securing an electrical certificate for landlords is one of the requirements of the law if you own an HMO property. You have a legal obligation to have your electrical installations checked periodically. This means that every five years, you need to hire a competent electrician to carry out tests and inspections and to renew your landlord electrical certificate.

Even if you own a single let private residential property, electrical tests are still necessary. You are not legally obligated to do it, but it’s one effective way of complying with the law’s requirements, including:

  • Ensuring that the letting property is safe to occupy, and
  • Ensuring the electrics and appliances supplied are in a safe condition.

Here are the reasons why the law strongly recommends that landlords get an electrical certificate:

Avoid prosecution

Failure to secure an electrical certificate for the landlord may lead to prosecution. After all, you have a legal duty to ensure your rental property and any electrical or appliances equipment provided are safe before and throughout the tenancy. So, if you cannot present an EICR to your tenant, you may be sued by them. In case of fire resulting in injury and death, you may face criminal charges on top of a hefty fine.

Reveal the real condition of your property

Inspections involve thorough investigations and tests of wirings, connections, appliances, plugs, sockets and other parts to find out if your electrical installations or any alterations made in the last years meet BS 7671. The reports will tell you if there are C1: Immediate Dangers, C2: Potentially Dangers, and C3: Non-Compliance.

Protect your investment

Getting your electrical work inspected periodically is a great preventive measure. With a qualified electrician inspecting and checking for any potential damage, you can fix the problems and avoid more expensive repairs. You can also avoid fire, shocks, and other related accidents. More importantly, you will be able to protect your asset and source of income.

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