Landlords offering properties to rent have a duty to ensure that their properties are fit for purpose and safe for their tenants. The installations fixed wiring needs to be shown to be safe and meet the British standard requirements. Under the British standard BS7671, it states that every electrical system must be tested before it is put into service and certified, then periodically maintained throughout it's life.
In general terms, once an installation has been inspected and tested, that safety certificate issued would last 5 years or on the change of tenant. But, depending on the property and the discretion of the tester, this time period could be altered. This property would then be subject to a periodic inspect and test where an Electrical Installation Condition Report will be issued. As these requirements are being implemented more rigorously, it is important that every landlord ensures their properties safety certificates are valid and up to date.
It is important to note that these condition reports acts as an assurance not only to the landlord and tenant, but to the authorities, that the installation is fit for purpose and safe for use. This may become critical to the landlord in the unfortunate event of an electrical problem at the property. The landlord will be liable for any damage or injury caused unless they can prove their installation was indeed safe to use at the time. This Electrical Installation Condition Report or 'landlord certificate' will do this, thereby clearing them from any liability. It is also becoming more increasingly the case whereby insurance companies will not provide insurance policies to the landlord unless they can issue a valid safety certificate.
Optima Installations and Maintenance Ltd compliance division will deliver a proficient and professional service ensuring the clients electrical systems are safe and certified to comply with British standards, as well as insurance policy requirements.
Our aim is to ensure all projects meet the requirements of the relevant legislative and code of practice standards and are delivered safely, within timescale and budget.