Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates for St Albans and Hertfordshire

Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates

NICEICWe are not only a gas firm! Herts Boiles is also a NICEIC registered electrical service company. We are probably the only local company which is able to offer both gas and electrical certificates for landlords.

As always, we check the electrical and gas safety up to standards - we don't overkill and don't overlook!

new New Legislation for Landlords since 01/07/2020

- How to comply with new electrical safety regulations

The ESS regulations, in its current form, affect private rentals in England only. The new rules apply to new tenancies, (including renewal but not periodic) from 1st July 2020 and to all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.

Goverment website: Guide for landlords: electrical safety standards in the private rented sector (Updated 19 June 2020)

Official regulation document: The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

The regulation requires a private landlord to ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a tenancy, and that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person.

A new inspection is not required for each tenancy agreement, so long as they are still valid and no more than five years old.

An electrical inspection is called Electrical Installation Condition Report - EICR. It normally takes about two hours, plus a report typically consists of serval pages.

Electrical Installation Condition Report - EICR

British Standard 7671 18th Edition (2018), the current electrical installation regulation, states a domestic property is required to have its electrical installation safety checked within every 10 years, which is dependent on previous inspection advice, or there is a change of tenancy.

There are two types of electrical installation condition reports. The first one is a full report called Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report - (EICR), and the second one is called Domestic Visual Condition Report. The conditions reports are used to be called Periodic Inspection and Test Report - PIR.

The fee for an EICR is £180 plus VAT (all inclusive). We are a NICEIC Approved Contractor and competent in domestic electrical installation inspection. Our reports are produced under the NICEIC schemes.

There is an industrial guidance on condition report. Electricians are supposed to comply with the guidance and shouldn't overkill or overlook on unsafe situations.

- Common failures on electrical inspections

  1. Old consumer units without RCD protection on downstairs sockets or on electrical showers
  2. No main protection bonding to gas pipe or water mains pipe.

Legislation For Landlords 2015

- How to comply with the smoke and CO regulations

From 1st October 2015, it has become a legal requirement that all rented properties will have to have fire alarms and, if necessary, carbon monoxide alarms fitted.

We offer fire and CO alarm installation service for local landlords.

Portable Appliance Test - PAT (electrical)

In HMO (home for multiple occupancy) circumstances, landlords might be asked to provide evidence of safety tests on portable appliances by an electrician on an annual basis. We are also qualified to carry out this test.

Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates