What is an electrical safety certificate?
An electricity certificate is also known as an EICR, which stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. In a nutshell, the certificate itself is a piece of paper that declares your electrical system safe.
In order to get the certificate, an electrical contractor must first carry out an extensive examination and testing process of the existing installations. An EICR looks at all of the fixed elements of your electrical system, such as the sockets, switches, wiring, and mains unit.
Power will need to be turned off intermittently, and landlord electrical certificates could take anywhere from four hours to complete depending on certain factors, such as access and the age of the different components being tested.
As a landlord, once you have your certificate, you’ll need to supply a copy to all current tenants and your local authority, should they request it. You should also keep several copies in order to give them to any future tenants and the contractor who carries out your next EICR.
If your electrics are deemed unsafe, you’ll be given a category that stipulates how bad they actually are. These are known as C1, C2 and C3, with C1 being dangerous with instant action needed, and C3 posing very little risk but needing improvement. As a landlord, you’ll have 28 days to get any remedial work carried out.
While all of this might sound expensive, MD Bespoke strives to work with both domestic and commercial clients to meet your budget needs.