Landlord electrical safety certificate – Electrical testing for landlords
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Electrical Testing for Landlords
You should not overlook the importance of electrical testing for landlords. While being a landlord can be highly rewarding, it’s not a role to be taken lightly.
Not only is the investment required generally quite sizeable, but there are also a lot of responsibilities which must be properly managed in a timely manner. This is not only a legal requirement but also a duty of care to the tenants who reside in your property. These include:
- Repairs to anything structural inside and outside the property
- Maintenance and repairs of heating and hot water systems, as well as bathroom sanitaryware including basins, sinks and baths
- Ensuring the electrics and any electrical appliances provided as part of the tenancy within the property are safe
- Ensuring the safety of any gas installations within the property
- Ensuring that any furniture or furnishings provided as part of the tenancy are fire safe
- Ensuring the property is fit for habitation
- Maintaining all common areas in dwellings of multiple occupancy (HMO).
Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate
When it comes to electrical testing for landlords, you can never be too careful. There are a variety of services available to help to ensure you keep on top of these responsibilities.
A Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate, or landlord EICR certificate, will not only mean you’re protected legally, but will provide peace of mind for your tenants, too.
New Government regulations came into force on 1st June 2020. These make it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to have their electrical installations tested every five years. However, more frequent testing may be required for older buildings. Furthermore, any household equipment provided under the terms of the lease will also require testing and certification.
At Hexo Services, we are able to provide necessary landlord electrical certificates, so you can ensure the electrics and appliances that form part of the tenancy agreement are kept safe. So look no further for efficient, timely and non-disruptive landlord certificates.
Who needs a landlord safety certificate?
If you own properties that you lease out to others, then you will need a landlord safety certificate of some kind, likely a landlord EICR certificate. This applies to all properties within the rental sector, including:
- Terraced houses
- Single homes
- Flats and apartments
- HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupancy)
We offers comprehensive testing, inspection services and same-day remedial works to private landlords across London and the South East. So, you can rest assured that your properties are up-to-date with current safety standards.
All our technicians who visit the site are trained, insured and qualified to provide you with the kind of reputable service you need to ensure your property is thoroughly safe.
Types of landlord certificates
We provide all types of landlord certificates. We believe every person deserves a safe place to call home. And inspection and vetting against current safety standards, through a landlord EICR certificate, is the only way to ensure this.
Each year, electrical faults trigger more than half of all accidental household fires. Not only do these pose a huge threat of injury and to life itself, but a fire can also devastate a family with the loss of personal items.
All in all, avoiding any type of major incident within a home should be of paramount importance. The types of landlord certificates we offer include:
EICR / Residential Condition Reports –
Landlord electrical safety certificate
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR certificate for landlords) is an electrical installation condition report, which identifies any issues with the electrics within a building. It highlights damage, defects, degradation and any other potential issues that could cause danger in the future.
This type of landlord electrical safety certificate is very thorough. We will assess the state of your property’s electrics and electrical appliances, using a thorough examination.
Then we will produce a report for you that details in writing any remedial work that needs to be completed. These can be arranged at a time to suit you and your tenants.
As well as a landlord EICR certificate, you may need to arrange PAT Testing. While this is not a legal requirement, it is a legal requirement for landlords to maintain the appliances they provide.
PAT testing could include examining the condition and safety of anything from a cooker, to a toaster – any kind of appliance that uses electricity and is listed as having been provided by the landlord as part of the lease agreement.
PAT testing is short for ‘portable appliance testing’ and it is the process of ensuring every device and electrical appliance that you supply within the lease agreement of your property is safe for use.
Our PAT Testing services will assess whether the appliances are compliant with current safety standards. These are in place to prevent injury or damage from electrical faults. Our comprehensive service includes visual inspections, thorough electrical testing and detailed labelling.
We can also carry out Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT), where the appliance does not have a plug but is ‘hard-wired’ into the electric supply.
Consumer Unit upgrades
A consumer unit is a modern name for the fuse box in a property. Nowadays they provide so much more and are much safer than old fuse boxes. The consumer unit is basically the main control centre for the property’s electrical supply. It is the point at which the electric supply is divided into separate circuits in the property.
Out-dated fuse boxes can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is important for landlords to be aware of the age and current condition of their property’s equipment.
In addition, all new consumer units offer dual protection Residual Current Devices (RCD). These look for errors constantly and if one is detected, it will trip the system, cutting off the power. It does this to then stop the risk of fire as a result of this fault and thus minimises the risk of injury to the residents within the property.
Your Hexo Services engineer is able to upgrade your system to ensure it offers necessary protection and complies with current safety rules. This will allow problems to be prevented before they even start which is a much safer way of managing the electrics within any property.
Landlord electrical certificate costs
So, how much does a landlord electrical certificate cost? We can handle the booking of all jobs with the individual tenants and offer lower rates for multiple properties. Plus, with fast certificate turnaround times, you can sit back and let us take care of your homes and your tenants.
Landlord electrical safety certificates and electrical remedial works
When it comes to issuing landlord electrical safety certificates and carrying out necessary electrical remedial works, we’ve got you covered. Under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords have 28 days to arrange repair works.
For landlords with a large portfolio of properties, we can set up a schedule of remedial rates and can complete remedial works on the very same day. This reduces the number of bookings needed and minimises disruption for your tenants.
Furthermore, if you take advantage of this same-day electrical remedial works service, it will significantly reduce landlord electrical safety certificate costs, as all the work can be completed at the same time.