LANDLORD CERTIFICATION

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Are you thinking about becoming a landlord but not quite sure what certification you need? Blueco Electrical can advise on all electrical matters for you.

If the property that you are looking at renting out is a newbuild then you will need an EIC (Electrical Installation Certificate) for the first five years. After this, and for any other type of property, you will need an EIRC (Electrical Installation Condition Report) and you will need to ensure that this is renewed every five years. You should also keep any electrical certificates or reports for your reference and so that you are able to show anyone who requests it.

The Process

Introductions

Give Blueco Electrical and discuss the requirements for your property, you may need to supply details as to the size and age of the property. You will be assigned a qualified electrician and a date as to when they can attend your property.

The Inspection

The Electrician will make their way around the property, checking all electrical installations using specialist equipment that they are qualified to use. They will not be swayed by what anyone has to say and will look only the results.

The Report

You will be provided with either an EIC or a comprehensive report which will detail the findings of what the electrician has found at the property. A satisfactory code is C3 so don’t be alarmed if you see this on the report, it simply means “Improvement recommended”

Remedial Work

We hope this isn’t the case, but should the electrician flag any unsatisfactory codes on the EICR then these will need addressing promptly. We are happy to quote for the work, however, by law you do have 28 days in order to remedy the above.

FAQs

Do the regulations regarding EICs and EICRs apply to all rented properties?

These regulations apply to all tenancies created on or after 1st July 2020 in England and include HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupation).

What are these regulations and when did they come into force?

They are called “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations” and came into force on 1st June 2020.

What do these regulations entail?

A brief run down is below, however, if you are in doubt then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
o Private landlords must make sure that all electrical installations on the property they let out is inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every five years.
o The regulations apply to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020.
o The landlord must acquire a report from the electrician conducting the inspection. They must also provide a copy of this report to all tenants residing within the inspected premises withing 28 days.
o Should the local housing authority request a copy of the report in writing then the landlord has seven days in which to supply this.
o The landlord should retain a copy of the report to supply to the person carrying out the next test.
o The landlord should also keep a copy on file to supply to any new tenants.
o Where a report flags that remedial work be carried out, the landlord has 28 days in which to ensure this is carried out.

What happens if I ignore these regulations?

A landlord’s local authority has the power to serve notices on landlords, even private ones. If such a notice is served and the landlord fail to act within 28 days then the local authority can arrange for a report and work to be carried out, liaising with the tenant, and then seek to recover costs from the landlord. The local authority may also impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

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