Electrical Safety Testing and Inspection

Keep Your Properties Safe With EICR's and PAT Testing

If you are a landlord, there are a number of regulations you need to adhere to. At ElectricalSafetyTest we will give you all the information and services you need so you can let your properties out safely and within the law.

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 is the latest update. It applies to all landlords and relates to electrical safety within a property. From the 1st July 2020 all new tenancies (including renewals) will need an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) while all existing tenancies will need a report from 1st April 2021.

Home owners & business owners also have a responsibility to ensure their electrical installations are routinely checked, tested and inspected in accordance to current regulations.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most common queries, landlords have. If you have any further questions or you are looking for an electrical contractor in Wolverhampton, Shropshire or Staffordshire, please get in touch with us at ElectricalSafetyTest.

  What Is an EICR?

An EICR assesses the safety of the existing electrical installation within a property and describes its condition. The assessment will cover consumer units (fuse boards), protective bonding, lighting, switches, sockets etc. The report will assess if the electrics meet current standards, specifically British Standard ‘BS 7671:2018’, which has been in effect since January 2019.

  What Is My Responsibility as a Landlord?

Landlords must obtain a valid EICR with a ‘satisfactory’ rating from a qualified electrician. This report must be given to the prospective tenant before their tenancy agreement commences, or to existing tenants within 28 days of the electrical inspection. If a local authority requests an EICR report, it must be provided within seven calendar days.

  How Long Is an EICR Valid For?

If the condition of all of these is deemed ‘satisfactory’, the report is valid for five years and can therefore be used for future tenancies for the next five years.

  What Is the Difference Between a PAT and EICR?

A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) documents the safety of portable electrical appliances only such as a fridge/freezer, washing machine and toaster. An EICR assesses all the fixed electrical fittings and installation.

  Why Do I Need an EICR on a Renewal?

Under the regulations a renewal is treated as a new tenancy, so any renewals commencing from 1st July 2020 must also comply with the new regulations.

  What if My EICR Comes Back With a Rating of ‘Unsatisfactory’?

Where a report rates the electrics as ‘unsatisfactory’, the regulations require the landlord to undertake further investigative or remedial work by a qualified person within 28 days, or sooner if specified in the report.

  Unsatisfactory codes shown on the EICR report can include:

C1 Danger present, risk of injury, immediate remedial action required C2 Potentially dangerous, urgent remedial action required F1 Further investigation required

  What Happens if I Do Not Comply With These Regulations?

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in financial penalties of up to £30,000 by the local authority.

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If you have any questions about electrical safety tests or PAT testing please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at ElectricalSafetyTest.

As electrical contractors based in Wolverhampton we offer services across the West Midlands including Staffordshire and Shropshire. We will also consider locations throughout the UK.

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