Electrical safety certificates for landlords
From the 1st April 2021, all rental properties in England and Scotland have a legal requirement to carry out and hold an up-to-date EICR. Across the UK as whole, it is the landlord’s legal duty to ensure that all electrical equipment in their rented property is safely maintained and in fully functioning order. This applies through the whole of the tenancy, for both current tenants and future tenants.
If landlords do not have a sufficient EICR, this could lead to insurance policies becoming invalid and further, prosecution. Due to this, for the safety of your tenants as well as the protection of your business, it is vital that all of your rental properties have a current electrical safety certification.
What is an EICR?
An EICR checks that all the wiring and electrics within a property are safe to use. These checks must be carried out by a qualified electrician. Our electricians at MAC can carry out the relevant checks to provide an EICR.
What electrical parts are included?
In an EICR, the electrical parts which are included are:
- All wiring.
- Each plug socket in the building.
- Every light fitting.
- Your fuse box(s).
- Any permanently connected equipment such as air conditioning and showers.
Our EICR reports
Any recordings made during the checks as well as any improvements that need to be made to the system will be displayed in an EICR. However, the main aim for the EICR includes:
- To find any potential risks in the system early before they cause a hazard.
- Uncovers if there is any poor electrical work.
- Checks the electrical circuits.
- Checks overall electrical equipment.
- Ensures that both the earthing and bonding measures have been carried out correctly.