What is an electrical certificate?
An electrical certificate gives you details of the electrical safety of your property. A certified electrician inspects the electric installations within your building and checks whether they meet the required safety standards.
The inspector then completes a report outlining whether the electrics in your property are satisfactory. If your installation falls below the minimum standards, then you will be given recommendations to resolve any issues and improve electrical safety within your property.
Do landlords need an electrical certificate?
Landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure that electrical installations within their properties are safe. In June 2020, new regulations came into force requiring landlords to obtain a new Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) at least once every five years. Landlords must provide a copy of the electrical certificate to tenants and the local authority if requested.
Failing to comply with the Electrical Safety Standards Regulations can result in a financial penalty of £30,000 or more.
What happens during an electrical inspection?
A certified electrician will visit your property and complete an in-depth inspection of all fixed electrical installations. This includes wiring, plug sockets, fuse boxes, and light fixtures. The inspection does not include electrical appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.
The inspection will look for potential electric safety risks and fire hazards. It will also check whether electrical installations are overloaded or if there is any defective electrical work. The person conducting the electrical certificate will then give you a report detailing the outcomes of the inspection. This is usually sent within a couple of days after the inspection is carried out.
If the report shows that no remedial work is required, then you don’t need to take any further action. If the codes C1 (danger present) or C2 (potentially dangerous) are within the report, then you must arrange remedial work to improve electrical safety within your property. You must also take immediate action if further investigation is recommended.
How much does an electrical certificate cost?
The cost of obtaining an electrical certificate will depend on factors such as the size of your property and the age of your electrical installations. Generally speaking, larger or older properties take longer to inspect and so the cost of the electrical certificate will be higher. You may also be charged more for an inspection if your electrics are difficult to access, for example.
You can check how much an electrical certificate will cost and get a quote by getting in touch with your local electrical inspection specialists.
Why choose Hexo for electrical certificates?
At Hexo, we have many years of experience providing professional electrical inspection and testing services to residents and businesses in London and the surrounding areas. Our inspectors receive the highest standards of industry training and complete specialist training modules in electrical inspection and testing.
You will be in very safe hands when you choose Hexo for your electrical certificates. We have the skills and expertise to maximise the performance of electrical systems and ensure that your installations are safe and compliant.
Learn more about our electrical testing services and find out how much an electrical certificate will cost by contacting our friendly team today.