Landlord Certificates Hampshire
We look after numerous properties for landlords throughout Hampshire who entrust us to arrange all of their property maintenance.
Whether you require an Electrical Inspection, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) or an Energy Performance check we can help with everything in one visit, keeping your tenants happy.
We inspect and test then issue an electronic copy of an Electrical Installation Condition Report EICR, which replaced the older term ‘Periodic Inspection Report’ or PIR and carry out the test laid out in Guidance Note 3 for electrical installations. This means upon completion, you will receive an extensive nine-page report on the state of your electrics.
Top Tip: Some companies offer an inspection that lasts less than an hour, these are not worth the paper they are written on and won’t stand up in court.
Your Duties as a Landlord
As a landlord, it is your legal duty to ensure all electrical equipment in your property is safe and maintained throughout the whole tenancy. This responsibility covers light fixtures and plugs, as well as internal wiring.
An electrical installation includes all fixed electrical equipment that is supplied through your property’s electricity meter. Just like other features of your property, electrical installations deteriorate and face wear and tear, so need to be properly maintained.
Failure to do so can lead to prosecution and also invalidates most landlord insurance policies. For the safety of your tenants and your business, it is important to get regularly electrical safety certification.
All our electricians hold the advanced City and Guilds Test & Inspections 2391-10 or equivalent, inline with what the law currently stipulates.
Electrical Inspections Explained
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should, therefore, be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a safe and satisfactory condition for continued service. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.
Our electrical inspections will:
● Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
● Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
● Identify any defective electrical work.
● Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.
How often is an electrical inspection required?
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
● 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
● 5 years for a rented home.
● 3 years for a caravan
● 1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
● When a property is being prepared for letting.
● Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).
The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:
● The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
● The suitability of the switchgear and control gear. For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
● The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
● The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise, cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting PVC insulation).
● Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
● The presence of adequate identification and notices.
● The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
● Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
If any dangerous or potentially dangerous condition or conditions are found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.