Your property needs to undergo periodic electrical inspections and testing to ensure that all your appliances and general wiring are compliant with existing standards. This gives your tenants confidence about the safety of the premises and can help you prevent legal problems down the road. The Electricity at Work Regulations Act enumerates all the requirements that landlords have to accomplish to follow the law. As a landlord, you have to comply with all the policies created by the government to ensure the safety both of property and people.
Electrical appliances and wiring specifications should fulfil specific standards designed for optimum and safe operation. It’s your job as a property owner to provide safe working and living spaces that are free from electrical shocks and are designed to prevent burns and fires. For consistency, you must regularly get electrical certificates for your properties. These certificates are proofs of inspection and testing. Be sure to hire electricians that are fully accredited and registered with the NICEIC and NAPIT.
According to the British Standard 7671, electrical reports are required for installation, but no specific time range is stated on the periodic inspection. The frequency will be wholly based on the operation, age since first installed, and current condition. The recommended rates for initial inspection of electrical installation are as follows:
- For domestic use, the suggested maximum period between tests is ten years.
- For commercial establishments, the recommended frequency of inspection is every five years.
- For industrial installations, the frequency is three years.
- For places subject to entertainment licenses, checks must be done yearly.
- For public swimming pools and parks, annual inspections are necessary, too.
The higher the risk, the more frequent electrical inspections and tests need to be done. Overall safety is assured when you get consistent electrical certificates issued by qualified electricians.