Residential and commercial rental properties may be good investments, but you need to make sure that they are properly maintained and regularly checked for safety and compliance. Otherwise, you are at risk of spending a lot more on repairs and liability in the long run. Tenants will want to see a landlord electrical certificate before they agree to lease your property. That way, they have the assurance that your property’s electrics and other electrical components are safe to use. Electrical certificates can only be provided by a qualified and registered electrician, as these are reports highlighting the results from a thorough inspection of a property’s electrical systems.
The most important benefit to having an electrical certificate is the confidence it builds in your tenants. With certification, they can be confident that your property is safe for dwelling or conducting business. The landlord electrical certificate provides detailed information on the safety and health of your property’s electrical systems. It may give advice on upgrades and maintenance you must conduct to further ensure the health and safety of the electrical components and wiring in your property, too.
As a landlord, it is your responsibility to schedule the inspection every three to five years, as it may reveal the overall integrity of your property’s electrical system, which can deteriorate over time. The report that comes with the electrical certificate can indicate failure, too, which you should make you act immediately before any electrical hazards or fires occur.
A landlord electrical certificate serves as proof of your compliance to safety standards in the UK. In case fire or an accident occurs on the rental property and you have had the safety check conducted recently, liability can be the least of your concerns. The electrical installation condition report should show that your electrical system is healthy and safe to eliminate or at least reduce your liability in case a tenant files a lawsuit.