Any tenancies starting after 1st July 2020 will be required to have a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) before the tenancy starts. Existing tenanted properties must have a valid satisfactory EICR in place before 1st April 2021. Landlords are not only responsible for having an EICR, but also for carrying out any remedial works to ensure electrical safety.
WHAT IS PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR (PRS) REGISTRATION?Registered businesses are listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website for landlords or their agents to search for electrical contractors registered to undertake Electrical Installation Condition Reporting in the Private Rented Sector in England.
As a landlord or agent are you meeting the new requirements for electrical testing in the private rented sector? It is your responsibility to ensure that the electrical company you employ is certified to carry out such work, the new government scheme has new industry specific rules.
Not all electrical contractors are certified to carry out Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) in domestic properties.
· Your electrician must be an Approved Contractor (not all approved contractors qualify).
· The company must hold professional indemnity insurance with a minimum cover of £250,000 (industry standard is £100,000).
· Companies only holding NICEIC Domestic Installer or Elecsa accreditation are NOT able to carry out EICR’s in the private rented sector without additional assessment and certification.
Gavin Jones Services Ltd t/a Gavin Jones Electrical are NICEIC Approved contractors, we hold the increased level insurance to meet the new requirements and hold NICEIC accreditation specifically related to the electrical inspection and testing of domestic properties in the private rented sector.
As NICEIC APPROVED CONTRACTORS we can legally carry out EICR's in the private rented sector and are accessed annually for our competence in doing so.
Our new NICEIC accreditation can be downloaded below.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) on an average two or three bedroom property will take three to four "man hours" to complete (a combination of on-site and office work to compile the report). Carrying out an inspection of electrical installations is a complex task that requires an extra level of qualification and competency, beyond the standard four-year vocational route commonly followed by qualified inspectors and testers.
We price our reports based on the size and complexity of the property, making allowances for electrics in detached building with electrical circuits for example garages, sheds or summer houses and circuit alterations for example as a result of an extension or new kitchen design. Our aim is for your property to gain a satisfactory outcome to the report where possible and to build a good business relationship going forward, unlike some companies that carry out EICR's at a loss with the intention to generate sometimes thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary remedial work.
For a free quotation please fill out the EICR enquiry form below or give us a call.
Gavin Jones Electrical are Electricians in Northampton offering a full electrical package for landlords of domestic, commercial and industrial properties. We work closely with property management companies and private landlords across all sectors, providing a reactive response to emergencies, carrying out planned maintenance and testing.
-Electrical testing (fixed wiring, electrical installation condition report)
-Portable appliance testing
-Hard wired smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and time, therefore if the safety of the users is not to be put at risk, it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested. The inspection and testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals in order to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition.
As an Approved Contractor and Domestic Installer of the National Inspection Council For Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC) Gavin Jones Electrical are approved to carry out periodic inspections of domestic, commercial and industrial installations and to provide electrical installation condition reports (EICR) Our inspectors have extensive experience of conducting periodic inspections and compiling and issuing detailed reports for the client in accordance with BS7617 18th edition wiring regulations.
The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:
-The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
-The suitability of the switch gear and control gear.
-The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings.
-The type of wiring system and its condition.
-The presence of adequate protective measures such as RCD's.
-The presence of adequate identification and notices.
-The extent of any wear and tear, damage and other deterioration.
-Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to unsafe conditions.
-The wiring within the fabric of the building will be subjected to a number of tests using specialist equipment.
-Tenanted domestic property: 5 years or change of tenancy.
-Commercial property: 5 years or change of tenancy.
-Industrial property: 3 years or change of tenancy.
-Special locations e.g. swimming pools/petrol stations: Annually.
Portable appliance testing should be carried out every 12 months and is a vital part of a landlords responsibility, ensuring that any appliances supplied in the property are safe to use.
Landlords in the UK are now required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.
The changes to the law now require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy. Landlords also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty. This bring's private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly built homes to have hard wired smoke alarms installed.
There is an obligation on tenants, to maintain and test the alarms and to report any faults.
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