Landlords are legally obliged to certify all electrical fittings and appliances within their property, proving they are in good working order and safe for use.
An electrical safety certificate provides you with a fully comprehensive and in-depth inspection to guarantee that all electrical equipment has been safely installed. This is followed by a six-page report (certificate) detailing any remedial work required or recommended (if any).
It is a legal requirement for an electrical safety certificate to be conducted in any circumstance where electrical equipment in the property has failed to be tested within the last five years. This ensures the safety of tenants and offers protection of their investments for Landlords.
Our team of fully qualified and highly experienced NIC EIC registered electricians are skilled in completing both domestic and commercial periodic inspections. All tests are carried out in accordance with the 17 th Edition of the IEE Wiring BS7671 regulations. (Requirements for Electrical Installations IEE Wiring Regulations)
It is a legal requirement to obtain an electrical safety certificate when renting a property to a tenant. Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulation 1994 or Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and carries a maximum penalty of £5000 and six months imprisonment. The tenant may also take you to court for damages as failure to comply also validates any insurance on the property.
How often is a periodic inspection required?
Every 5 years for domestic properties or at every change of tenancy (whichever comes first)
Every 5 years for businesses
Every year for buildings open to the public