All landlords are under obligation to keep their properties safe to live in and free from health hazards. Electrical safety is one of the most commonly breeched and neglected, putting landlords at risk from financial penalties or worse, exposing lives to potential accidents and death. To avoid negligence from landlords cutting corners in maintenance or allowing persistent disrepair, competent and regular electrical safety inspections provide an advantageous—and legal—assurance of reliability. One of the surefire ways to assure safety as a landlord is to get a landlord electrical safety certificate from a qualified electrician. In North Wales, GWP Electrical offers an outline of what this certificate is and why all landlords should consider getting one.
What is electrical safety certification?
A landlord electrical safety certificate is not a legal requirement in all circumstances, but if something went wrong with an electrical setup the landlord would be held accountable. If the property is in multiple occupation (shared appliances and features), however, a landlord must by law assure that their property has been formerly checked every five years with valid certification. In either case and with laws potentially changing, all landlords should receive this certification regularly, particularly in-between long tenancies. A certificate ascertains that an electrical system is safe. Experts, like those at GWP Electrical, will be able to examine properties with an eye toward both electrical safety and building regulations. As such, a certificate is written and observable proof that a landlord has met all the basic health and safety standards; it is proof for a tenant that all electrics are safe to use and that a property is habitable.
What is required in certification?
An assessment for an electrical safety certificate distinguishes between fixed installations (such as sockets, wiring, switches and light fittings) and all appliances in a property (which includes televisions, refrigerators and so on). All appliances that come provided by a landlord must be subject to such checks. This ensures that installations and appliances are useable without risk of injury. Among such requirements include a CE marking by the manufacturer which assures EU standards. Other electrical safety rules should also be thoroughly checked by a landlord. If new work is carried out, for example, all such work must meet building regulations; regulations that GWP can guarantee. As the responsibility lies with the landlord to prove that all the electrics in a property comply with such regulations, an electric certificate produced at the end of any new work will assure that standards have been met. As well as earning your certificate, landlords should take precautions during inspections to ensure that tenants have kept installations and plugs intact. Although beyond the purview of an electrician, landlords should remember to question their tenants of any potential problems such as tripped fuse boxes or sparks.
How to get a certificate?
An appointment with a registered electrician, such as those at GWP Electrical in North Wales, will provide a landlord electrical certificate. Upon inspection, the electrician will ensure that the The Electrical Safety Council’s guidelines are met. GWP electricians work to UK national safety standard.