Most of us dream of owning our own house —this comes with the advantage of not needing to pay yearly rent as well as the inconvenience that comes with having a neighbour. However, becoming a landlord comes with added responsibilities which may not be as rosy as you had imagined.
Apart from the expenses of erecting a structure from start to finish, you also need an Electrical Safety certificate for all the properties you own. Failing to acquire safe Electrical equipment may result in dire consequences — providing equipment inline with NEC protocol ensures the safety of household equipment as well as the residents of a house.
Landlords who fail to attain an Electrical safety certificate are subjected to the following punishment: £5,000 fine on each appliance, six months jail time — breach of insurance policy and charges of manslaughter if any resident dies as a result of your failure to observe the regulations.
To escape from the clutches of the law, place a call to us on 02071834006 and our professional electricians will carry out an industry compliant inspection on your behalf.
A certificate of Electrical safety is a document offered by a licensed electrician to certify that the appliance in your home is in compliant with the necessary safety requirements. This certificate can only be issued by a credible electrical company like Electric Works London.
Once provided, it confirms that all electrical works in your home comply with the Electrical safety act. Give us a call on 020 71834006 today to get started.
Even though it is not a requirement for landlords to get a safety certificate, the points raised above means not getting it will be a huge risk to take. If you decide not to acquire the safety certificate, all appliances like sockets, switches must be maintained throughout its use and safe enough for tenants to move in.
Heavy-duty items like dishwasher, kettles, heater, and cookers should be safe and must come with a CE marking. However, if your property is grouped under HMO, periodic inspection should be carried out to ensure all appliance is safe. Give us a call today!
At Electric Works London, both the portable appliance testing( PAT) and the Electric Installation Condition report are affordable, and it is advised you conduct both at the same time to reduce the risk of anything going wrong.
PAT testing for up to 10 appliances starts from £10 while an Electrical safety certificate for a bedroom with five circuits starts from £60. For a complete breakdown of our rates, give us a call on 02071834006 to get a free quote.
If the wiring of the house is recent and not later than 30 years, the inspection will be carried out within 2 – 4 hours. For older properties, it will take longer— the same applies to large houses.
A house with 2bedrooms and five circuits will take less time compared to one with three bedrooms and nine circuits.
Although, there is no legal binding that says an Electrical safety certificate will be provided before a property is sold in the UK. The need to carry out safety tests is the responsibility of the buyer and not the landlord. Once the inspection is completed, the certificate will be issued within the next 30 days provided it passes all safety requirements.
A home should be tested once every five years. It is ideal to have your property tested before a new tenant moves in and not more than five years if your house has multiple occupants. However, if your property has a swimming pool, it is ideal you carry out an inspection every two years.
Apart from carrying out assessment tests at Electric Works London, we also offer installation and repair on all electrical appliances. For more information call us now on 020 7183 4006, or email us at [email protected]