Securing an electrical certificate for landlords is a must-do for owners of HMO properties. To get this certificate, you need to hire certified electricians who will do tests and inspections of your electrical installations and appliances.
Landlords have the legal obligation to ensure that their properties and the people occupying them are safe from electrical hazards. Failure to present a landlord electrical certificate or do electrical tests can lead to a host of negative consequences such as:
Committing a criminal offence
Electrical Part P of the Building Regulations states that homeowners or landlords are responsible for ensuring that the electrical installations in their properties meet all applicable standards. If these installations are not designed and built accordingly—or if they are not in the best condition—the landlord may be committing a criminal offence. Local authorities can require landlords to remove or alter any faulty electrical work that doesn’t meet standards.
Fine of £5,000 and imprisonment
One of the worst consequences of violating Part P of the Building Regulations is having to pay a £5,000 fine and being imprisoned for six months. You may even face criminal charges if your negligence led to the injury and death of other people.
Difficulty selling or renting out your property
Electrical certificates for landlords assure future buyers or tenants that your property’s electrical installation work meets the standards of the Building Regulations. Without these certificates, it may be difficult to convince potential buyers and tenants that your home is a safe place to live in.
Property insurance may be invalidated
The insurance provider has the right to reject your claim if you cannot present them your electrical certificate for the landlord. Without this proof, your insurance claim won’t be paid out.
Losing your property
It is to your advantage to keep the electrical installations and even appliances in tip-top condition. All kinds of electrical works deteriorate over time. Without doing periodic inspections, you may be putting your property to risks and costly damage, like fire.