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Our NICEIC approved electricians carry out electrical safety checks & issue certificates on behalf of Home owners, private landlords & letting agents who manage rental properties. We offer this service across the Liverpool, Merseyside Area.

In order to comply with the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords in Liverpool, must ensure their properties are safe through regular safety inspections.

This means that an electrical safety inspection of the property should be carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years, to confirm and record they are electrically safe. This includes the start of any new tenancy.

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Our NICEIC electrical engineers have carried out thousands of electrical safety reports in Liverpool. From studio homeowners, to catering for Mechanical and engineering outfits to verify their own work on new builds for 100’s of homes at one site over a period of months.

We understand you may never have needed to get your own electrical certificate before, and could be naive as to what it entails. So to give you folk something familiar you can compare with, we would say It’s just like going for an MOT for your car only its for your electrical services.

To give everyone the big picture, Ideal Electrical Solutions has put this easy to follow guide together, so anyone unfamiliar with the processes regarding an electrical safety certificate can have a read as it covers everything. 

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What do the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require?

 

Landlords of privately rented accommodation must ensure all electrical services are safe by following this guide:

 

Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.

 

Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at an interval of at least every 5 years who provides eicr in liverpool.

 

Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.

 

Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.

 

Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.

 

Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.

 

Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.

 

Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.

 

Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.

 

Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.

How do I find a ‘qualified and competent person’ to carry out the inspection report ?

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To ensure the inspection report is adequate. The electrical safety industry has established competent person schemes. Membership of these will not be compulsory to ensure there is no further pressure placed on the industry, nor undue burden placed on inspectors and testers.

When commissioning an inspection, in order to establish if a person is qualified and competent landlords can:

Check if the inspector is a member of a competent person scheme, you may have heard of NICEIC, ELECSA or NAPIT to name a few. Ideal Electrical Solutions are NICEIC registered 

eicr reports require the inspector to sign a checklist certifying their competence, including their experience, whether they have adequate insurance and hold a qualification covering the current version of the Wiring Regulations and the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations.

Which at the moment are BS7671:2018 more formally known as 18th edition and 2391 inspecting and testing. Here at Ideal Electrical Solutions we several engineers with the City and Guilds 2391 testing and inspection qualification and years of experience applying the practices using principles from their BS7671 qualification.

What standard should the electrical installation meet?

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The standards that should be met are set out in the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations.

The Regulations state that a landlord must ensure that electrical safety standards are met, and that investigative or remedial work is carried out if the report requires this.

The electrical installation should be safe for continued use. In practice, if the report does not require investigative or remedial work, the landlord will not be required to carry out any further work.

What will be inspected and tested?

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The ‘fixed’ electrical parts of the property will have a visual inspection and a series of test for defects on, the wiring, the socket-outlets (plug sockets), the light fittings and the consumer unit (or fuse box) will be inspected everything concerned with your electrical circuits will be checked for wear and tear. This will include permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractor fans.

 

What will happen in the inspection?

 

The visual inspection side of an eicr will consist of all the electrical circuits and we will find out if:

any electrical installations are overloaded

there are any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards

there is any defective electrical work

there is a lack of earthing or bonding. These are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations

 

What about electrical appliances like cookers, fridges, televisions etc?

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The Regulations do not cover electrical appliances, only the fixed electrical installations.

We recommend that landlords regularly carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) known as pat testing on any electrical appliance that they provide and then supply tenants with a record of any electrical inspections carried out as good practice here at Ideal electrical solutions we can provide this testing service. We mostly see wear and tear a common issue for fails here, for example things like broken insulation over the way the cable has been flexed over the years.

Tenants are responsible for making sure that any of their own electrical appliances are safe.

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Landlords must obtain a report (an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) from the person conducting the inspection and test which explains its outcomes and any investigative or remedial work required for the electrical circuits. Ideal electrical solutions helps with cheap landlord electrical safety certificates liverpool.

Landlords must then supply a copy of this report to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.

If a local authority requests it, landlords must supply them with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving the request.

If the report requires remedial work or further investigation, landlords must provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to the local authority within 28 days of completing the work.

Landlords must retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.

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What will the eicr report show ?

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The electrical installation should be safe for continued use. In practice, if the report does not require investigative or remedial work, the landlord will not be required to carry out any further work.

 

Inspectors providing the testing service will use the following classification codes to indicate where a landlord must undertake remedial work.

 

Code 1 (C1): Danger present. Risk of injury. The electrical inspector may make any C1 hazards safe before leaving the property.

 

Code 2 (C2): Potentially dangerous.

 

Further Investigation (FI): Further investigation is required without delay.

 

Code 3 (C3): Improvement recommended. Further remedial work is not required for the report to be deemed satisfactory.

 

If codes C1 or C2 are identified in the report, then remedial work will be required. The report will state the installation is unsatisfactory for continued use.

 

If an inspector identifies that further investigative work is required (FI), the landlord must also ensure this is carried out.

 

The C3 classification code does not indicate remedial work is required, but only that improvement is recommended. Landlords don’t have to make the improvement, but it would improve the safety of the installation if they did.

Remedial work

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If the electrical safety certificates liverpool shows that remedial work or further investigation is required, as set out above, landlords must complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report. Landlords must then provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to the local authority within 28 days.

 

What if I don’t do the remedial work ?

 

If a local authority has reasonable grounds to believe that a landlord is in breach of one or more of the duties in the Regulations, they must serve a remedial notice on the landlord requiring remedial action.

Should a landlord not comply with the notice, the local authority may arrange for remedial action to be taken themselves.

The local authority can recover the costs of taking the action from the landlord. The landlord has the right of appeal against a demand for costs.

Urgent remedial action following an Eicr report

 

If the eicr liverpool indicates that urgent remedial action is required, and the landlord has not carried this out within the period specified in the report, the local authority may with the consent of the tenant arrange to carry out remedial work.

 

The local authority must authorise a qualified and competent person in writing to undertake the remedial action and give at least 48 hours’ notice to the tenant.

The costs for carrying out the remedial work can be recovered from the landlord.

 

Financial penalties

 

Local authorities may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords who are in breach of their duties.

What if a tenant won’t let me in, or I can’t find an inspector?

 

A landlord is not in breach of their duty to comply with a remedial notice, if the landlord can show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply.

A landlord could show reasonable steps by keeping copies of all electrical safety certificates in liverpool and of all communications they have had with their tenants and with electricians as they tried to arrange the work, including any replies they have had. Landlords may also want to provide other evidence they have that the installation is in a good condition while they attempt to arrange works. This could include the servicing record and previous safety reports.

 

If an inspection took place and a satisfactory report was issued before the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations came into force, but less than 5 years ago, will a landlord always need to have the property inspected again as soon as the Electrical Safety Regulations come into force?

Regulation 3 requires that landlords have the electrical installation inspected and tested at intervals of no longer than every 5 years. Electrical safety standards (the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations) must be met throughout the period of that tenancy.

The 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations came into effect in 2019, so if a landlord already has a report for a property that was carried out after this date and has complied with all the other requirements of the Regulations, they won’t have to have another inspection for 5 years, provided the report does not state that the next inspection should take place sooner.

Existing installations that have been installed in accordance with earlier editions of the Wiring Regulations may not comply with the 18th edition in every respect. This does not necessarily mean that they are unsafe for continued use or require upgrading.

It is good practice for landlords with existing reports to check these reports and decide whether the electrical installation complies with electrical safety standards. Landlords might also wish to contact the inspector who provided a report to ensure the installation complies with electrical safety standards.

 

Will all installations have to comply with the 18th edition, even if they were installed before this edition was in force?

 

The Regulations state that a landlord must ensure that electrical safety standards are met, and that investigative or remedial work is carried out if the report requires this.

The electrical installation should be safe for continued use. In practice, if the report does not require investigative or remedial work, the landlord will not be required to carry out any further work.

Reports can also recommend improvement, in addition to requiring remedial work. If a report only recommends improvement but does not require any further investigative or remedial work to be carried out – indicated with a ‘C3’ classification code – then while it would be good practice to carry out this work, it would not be required to comply with the Regulations.

What about where tenancies ‘roll over’ into periodic tenancies? Will that count as a new tenancy?

 

Whether or not a ‘periodic’ tenancy is a new tenancy, as defined in Regulation 2, depends on the type of tenancy issued.

For ‘contractual periodic tenancies’ – where it is written in the original tenancy agreement that on expiry of the fixed term the tenancy will become periodic – the periodic tenancy will be part of the same tenancy and no new tenancy will be created.

For ‘statutory periodic tenancies’ – where on expiry of the fixed term the tenancy rolls over into a periodic tenancy automatically by statute (rather than by contract) – the periodic tenancy will be a new tenancy.

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