Landlord electrical safety certificate – Electrical testing for landlords
Being a landlord can be a highly rewarding vocation but is not one to be taken lightly. Not only is the investment required for such an enterprise 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 quite significant undertakings such as the following:
- 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 occupancies.
There are a variety of services available which can help to ensure you keep on top of these responsibilities. Not only so that you will be protected legally, but also so that you are providing safe accommodation for your tenants.
At Hexo Services, we are able to provide the necessary services you require in order to ensure the electrics and the electrical appliances that form part of the tenancy agreement are kept safe. So landlords, look no further for efficient, timely, well scheduled and non-disruptive electrical services. We can provide the full range of testing, inspection, certification and, if necessary, any remedial works. At Hexo Services, we believe every person deserves a safe place to call home. And inspection and vetting against current safety standards 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. From a commercial perspective, it can be damaging too and whilst the property is fixed, alternative accommodation might need to be provided. All in all, avoiding any type of major incident within a home should be of paramount importance which is why landlords should make electrical safety their priority.
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, this testing can be required more frequently for older buildings as the quality of the electricals and the standards to which they were originally installed are likely to be far inferior to the standards mandated by building regulations today. Furthermore, any household equipment provided under the terms of the lease will also require testing and certification. PAT testing itself is not a legal requirement but it is a legal requirement for landlords to maintain the appliances they provide. PAT testing and the resulting ‘PAT Register’ certificate is the only way to show that this maintenance has been undertaken. The PAT tests could include anything at all from a cooker, to a toaster, to a Hoover, radiator, kettle, microwave, lamps – quite simply, any kind of appliance or accessory that uses electricity that is listed as having been provided by the landlord as part of the lease agreement.
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 act dictates that electrical installations in rental properties must be assessed and repaired by a qualified engineer. In order to ensure you preserve the safety of your tenants and are not liable for any issues which are caused as a result of faulty electrics, it is imperative that you do not cut any corners on this matter. You will need to source and use the services of a verified professional within the industry. They must not only carry out all the necessary work you require, but must also provide you with the appropriate documentation which details exactly what you have had done and what state the electrics are currently in. These regulations apply to all properties within the rental sector, whether they be detached houses, terraced houses, flats or apartments. The regulations also categorically include HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupancy) where rooms are often rented out to individuals who are not from the same family. They generally share communal spaces such as the kitchen, lounge, bathroom and hallways. The electrics but be tested and verified throughout all of the rooms and the communal areas too.
This is where we come in. Hexo Services 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.
The main function required to verify the safety of your property’s electrics is fixed wire testing. However, this is not the only service we provide to properly maintain your electrics. Our services also include:
EICR / Residential Condition Reports
An EICR is an electrical installation condition report, which basically will identify any issues you have with the electrics in a building. It will highlight damage, defects, degradation and any other potential issues which could cause danger in the future. These must be detailed in full with advice on how and when to improve the situation. A Residential Condition Report is a survey that provides an overview of a property’s condition and risk factors for residential properties.
When you employ Hexo Services to assess the state of your property’s electrics and electrical appliances, we will carry out a thorough examination. We will cover all of the electrical installations within your property in full in a methodical way so as not to miss anything. Then we will produce a report for you that details in writing any remedial work that needs to be completed. The report will also include our expert advice on the next steps you need to take to secure your electrics for your tenants. At Hexo Services, we are experts at producing fast, timely and non-disruptive landlords’ certificates and EICRs. These will give you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what state everything is in and will allow you to action any improvements that are required. It will also serve as a guarantee that you followed what the legislation mandates of you within your responsibility as a landlord.
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. This basically covers any item which will be plugged into the mains in order to charge up or work. It is a series of visual tests to assess the integrity of plug, wires and casing, and also involves electronic tests to ensure there are no issues internally which could potentially arise as the result of a fault.
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 also do 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 used to be. 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.
After an EICR, under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords have 28 days to arrange any repair work. For landlords with a large portfolio of properties, we can set up a schedule of remedial rates and thereby can complete remedial works on the very same day. So, this reduces the number of bookings needed, and minimises disruption for your tenants. Furthermore, if you take advantage of this same day remedial service, it will significantly reduce the costs of the work being carried out as they can be done at the same time.
We can handle the booking of all jobs with the individual tenants and we 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.