Whether you are a landlord of a single occupation rental or several HMO properties, electrical testing is one of the things you need to prioritize. After all, you are required by the law to make sure that your rental properties provide safe living conditions for your tenants, with all electrical installations and appliances working properly throughout the entire tenancy. HMO-owner or not, periodic electrical testing every 5 years is a must.
Electrical installations should comply with the latest regulations and standards of BS 7671. Failure to meet the standard is a criminal offence and could mean hefty fines or even imprisonment. To ensure your property is fully compliant, the following electrical testing procedures must be done.
This is a basic electrical installation condition inspection which aims to identify the visible signs of defects and deterioration. It involves checking of the consumer unit or the main fuse board, sockets and plugs, light fixtures, electrical cables or leads, earthing and bonding, and extension leads. In this initial inspection, no circuit testing is done. Nevertheless, the inspector or the electrician will still be able to record observations, report issues and potential problems, and provide recommendations.
Fixed wire testing
During fixed wire testing, qualified electricians will isolate parts of the installation for periods of time. Using the right testing equipment, they will check the fixed wire installations or the electrical circuits, lighting fittings, plug socket outlets, switches, HVAC, distribution boards within the building or rental property to verify if the wiring is safe and the circuit is wired correctly.
Unlike fixed wire testing, PAT testing is not part of the legal requirements. While you are not obliged to do the test, it is highly recommended. PAT Tests check the portable appliances and other electrical equipment in the property to know their current condition and determine if they are safe to use.
To guarantee that your properties and appliances are properly tested and assessed against the regulatory standards, hire NICEIC approved contractors. They have the experience, the right people, and the best equipment to provide the most comprehensive electrical testing.