Electrical certificates are given after a certified electrician has inspected your property for safety. The certificate declares that a new, altered, or additional installation is safe at the time it was implemented. The certification is also known as EICR (electrical installation condition report), and it will depend on the type and extent of electrical installation work, the testing, and inspection that will be conducted in your building. To ensure the accuracy of results, hire a licensed electrician that has a good track record of conducting electrical safety testing and certification in your area. Make sure that they are registered with NAPIT, ELECSA, or NICEIC, and that they check systems against BS 7671, the UK standard for electrical installations safety.
As the landlord, it is your responsibility to conduct the relevant electrical safety checks and obtain certification for them to show that you care about your tenants. It is recommended that you hire an electrician to conduct testing and to issue an electrical certificate every three to five years. They may advise you on the frequency of testing, too. For instance, tests are ideally conducted every 10 years for a domestic home, and five years for rented homes. If there is a pool in your premises, testing is conducted every year, but only for that particular area. You will need to get an electrical certificate if you have recently begun letting your property, or if you have any intention to sell it.
The electrical safety certificate can indicate any electrical faults, which could increase your risk of fires and electric shocks. It can determine if the installation is safe and if your property is protected against damage by heat or fire coming from defective points. During inspection, electricians will check if any additions or alterations to the installation can cause overloading, damage, or harm. The inspection process will look into any possible or existing water damage or flooding, too.