Emergencies due to faulty electrics place landlords and property owners at risk of great financial loss from fire and injury risks. Failure to comply with electrical safety regulations can also mean great fines imposed by local authorities and invalid insurance coverage. Beyond financial loss and compliance issues, landlords are also placing their renters in harm’s way by not securing the right landlord electrical certificate.
Electrical certificates for landlords are your legal duty as a property owner/manager. These certifications (and there are many kinds) ensure the safety and reliability of all electrical installations and equipment that are supplied throughout the property. Certifications also guarantee good maintenance for the same throughout a renter’s tenancy. All electrical equipment within a property must be inspected for safety, including but not limited to fixed devices such as equipment that are supplied through the electrical meter, as well as other plugged in devices, lighting fixtures, appliances, and also importantly, cabling and internal wiring. All electrical installations and features within a property are subject to regular wear and tear and must therefore be subject to good maintenance and regular safety checks.
There is an electrical certificate for landlords for every type of property. HMOs or houses in multiple occupations require electrical installations to be tested at 5-year intervals. These inspections must be carried out by a qualified person or electrician, resulting in a certificate, which your local authority may require. Part P building regulations, on the other hand, require that fixed electrical installations in buildings, especially rental properties meet building regulations. Landlords must likewise conduct regular visual inspections and safety checks of all the different electrical installations as well as electrical appliances—both portable and fixed appliances in order to spot any hazards and damages that could potentially lead to emergencies.