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Landlords Electrical Testing Regulations

New requirements for mandatory electrical safety checks

The regulations come to force 1st July 2020, all new private tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins. The landlord will then need to ensure that the installation is inspected and tested at least every five years – and more often if the most recent safety report requires it.

 

For existing tenancies, an electrical safety test will need to be carried out by 1 April 2021, with regular tests following this as outlined above.

 

The regulations will apply to all properties across the private rented sector, including houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), although lodger arrangements where the tenant shares accommodation or amenities with the landlord or their family are excluded. These regulations will replace the existing requirements for HMOs regarding electrical installation testing and inspection.

 

A ‘qualified person’ for the purposes of these regulations is a person competent to undertake the inspection and testing required and any further investigative or remedial work in accordance with the electrical safety standards.

 

Local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 for a breach of the regulations. Where there are multiple breaches, the local authority can impose multiple penalties.

Able Electrical for all your Electrical Testing Tamworth advise – EICR Report – is an official document produced following a full inspection of the electrical systems and installations in your home or workplace. 

As part of the periodic inspection process, qualified electricians will check whether your electrics are well-maintained and, more importantly, safe.

Once your premises have fully passed all the checks and any urgent remedial work has been carried out, you will be presented with a certificate of safety, offering peace of mind for you – and your insurance company.

As well as reassuring you about the safety of your electrics, an EICR test will also provide a valuable insight into the condition, function and efficiency of your electrical systems.

Any faults found within the system will be listed in the report, including the reason for the failure, and graded in terms of their severity.

Several issues can be revealed through an EICR test, including:

  • Any problems with circuits or equipment that could overload or overheat a system
  • Electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Potential safety issues with bonding or earthing of electrical installations and equipment
  • Any hazardous faults or potential faults 

Contact one of our advisors now to find out more.

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Do I need an EICR test?

Landlords EICR Testing in Tamworth advise:If you’re a residential landlord, school, a public facility, or own a business premises, regular electrical testing of the building’s electrical systems and installations is vital.

EICR testing for businesses, EICR testing for schools and EICR testing for landlords ensures buildings are safe for tenants, employees and anyone who might be on your premises.

Regular inspection through an Electrical Installation Condition Report provides documented proof that your electrics have been thoroughly checked and serviced.

EICR testing is a sure-fire way to gain the peace of mind, and provide the evidential proof, that you have taken measures to comply with legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985.

It could also be an important part of the insurance process.

Our electricians are qualified to City & Guilds 2395 Inspection and Testing level and specialise in carrying out EICR tests, as well as advising which businesses need them and how often.

To find out how often your business or rental property should be inspected, contact Able Electric’s EICR team now.

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EICR Testing for Businesses in Birmingham

When? Commercial EICR Testing Must be carried out every 5 years or change of occupancy


Who? Electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians


What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.


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When? Commercial EICR Testing Must be carried out every 5 years or change of occupancy


Who? Electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians


What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.


Birmingham EICR Testing for Landlords

When? Commercial EICR Testing Must be carried out every 5 years or change of occupancy


Who? Electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians


What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.


EICR FAQs

What is an EICR test?

An EICR – or Electrical Installation Condition Report – is an official document produced following a full inspection of the electrical systems and installations in your home or workplace. 

As part of the periodic inspection process, qualified electricians will check whether your electrics are well-maintained and, more importantly, safe. Once your premises have passed all the checks and any urgent remedial work has been carried out, you will be presented with a certificate of safety.

Who can provide an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – is an in-depth inspection of the electrical systems at your home, place of work or public premises. 

Periodic testing and inspection should only be carried out by electrically competent, qualified electricians. EICR Testing engineers are further trained to City & Guilds 2395 Inspection and Testing level. 

Who needs an EICR?

Electrical Installation Condition Reports are for any buildings or premises which have electrical systems. They are used by business owners, homeowners, landlords and authorities which manage a variety of public buildings, such as schools, churches and leisure centres etc.  

There are many reasons why a business or property owner might request an EICR and there are many benefits to having one, but what it often boils down to is documented proof that the on-site electrics are safe.

How often do I need an EICR?

How often an EICR is needed depends on the size of the installation and the purpose it is used for. Large factories housing industrial plant, for example, will need to be inspected more frequently than a domestic property.

As a guide, an Electrical Installation Condition Report should be carried out at the minimum of:

  • Domestic installations – every 10 years or at a change of occupancy
  • Commercial installations – every 5 years or at change of occupancy
  • Industrial installations – every 3 years
  • Landlord-owned residential accommodation – every 5 years or at change of occupancy
  • Offices, shops and laboratories – every 5 years

Is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) a legal requirement?

Although an Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – is not a legal requirement in itself, many property owners are bound by legal obligations to their staff, customers or tenants which can be met by an EICR inspection. Relevant legislation could include the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 or The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985).

How much does an EICR cost?

The cost of an EICR varies from premise to premise. For example, there is much more work involved in testing a large plant facility in comparison with a residential property. Tests can take anything from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the size and nature of the operation.

Also, no two businesses are the same, which means the testing procedure differs each time an Electrical Installation Condition Report is carried out. 

PAT (Portable Appliance) Testing

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Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT, is a safety procedure that involves a series of inspections and electrical tests to ensure the appliances within a property meet the legal obligations to ensure a high standard of electrical safety.

PAT tests are particularly important in buildings used by employees and members of the public, such as schools, hospitals and office blocks.

To make sure an appliance is safe, all aspects of it will be tested including the plug, the lead and the appliance itself. The work will be carried out by an electrician with the skills and knowledge to complete the testing quickly and safely.

Once the PAT testing is complete, you will receive a report detailing everything that was tested and whether it received a pass or fail. All appliances should have a sticker with inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature.

Our electricians are happy to provide any help or advice about the report and any remedial work needed.

For any questions please contact someone from the Able Electrical team today!

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