Landlords have a duty of care towards their tenants under the Landlords and Tenants Act 1985, which means that checking the electricity in a home is safe.
Now the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced the introduction of new rules according to which a five-year electrical installation check on all private rental properties in England will be mandatory. Landlords Electrical Certificate London is necessary.
Although an implementation date has yet to be confirmed, MHCLG has said it intends to introduce the legislation as soon as parliamentary time permits. A transitional period applies for two years. In the first year all new private leases are concluded and in the second year all existing leases come within reach.
Properties that already have a valid status report of the electrical installation (EICR) need not replace this after five years have passed since it was issued.
If the introduction of energy performance certificates (EPCs) in 2007 is something to add, the new legislation can cause a hurry among landlords to identify and hire suitable contractors. It is possible that the sudden increase in demand can also lead to higher costs.
Landlords must ensure that the contractor they employ is qualified enough to undertake an EICR. Only part P registered electricians, who are highly qualified, can provide a valid EICR.
Our advice for landlords is to anticipate the legislation now, so that all parties have peace of mind that the property is safe and functions according to legal guidelines and insurance requirements. It is also possible that insurance companies insist that an EICR be introduced when a policy is taken out. However, an additional advantage is that the costs of an EICR can now be lower than if the requirement became legal.
An EICR not only confirms that your electrical equipment is safe, it can also mark areas where the system can be improved. Taking such measures can reduce electricity consumption, which is a good reflection of the desirability of a home for tenants, who are increasingly paying attention to energy consumption for financial and environmental reasons.
As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that your property is completely safe for your tenants, or you can be prosecuted. This is done by having the landlord receive a “Periodic inspection report for an electrical installation”, something that must be performed every five years. Landlord certificates are necessary for the landlord to legally rent out his or her property, and it is recommended that copies of the report be given to each tenant.
If you need this service and you are in Bromley, call Millers for a convenient and flexible service for landlord certificates. We can send a qualified electrician to your property to examine it and ensure that all electrical wiring is up-to-date with current health and safety regulations. In the following report you will receive proof that your home is safe and suitable for tenants.
Millers often offer the same day service, and are committed to making appointments for you. Our prices for this assessment service are competitive and you can be sure that an experienced professional will check your property.
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