Due to various changes within the building industry, insurance companies and the buy to let market, we have found an increase in the requirement for the testing and inspection of various installations on a more regular basis.
It becomes more complicated for the time periods of commercial, industrial or horticultural because of the type of work and amount of employees that work within your industry.
For assistance and advice on the intervals outlined for testing and inspection for your individual industry, please call us and we will be more than happy to help.
The industry recommends a (private) domestic installation should be tested at a MAXIMUM time period of 10 years. With the new regulation changes of BS7671 2008 it is now part of the regulations that periodic inspection & test of a fixed wiring installation be carried out at routine intervals.
As we are NICEIC registered domestic installers we are skilled and experienced in testing and inspection and after we have tested the installation the NICEIC is notified and relevant certificates are completed.
A rental domestic property should be inspected every year or at a change of tenancy, this ensures correct operation of the electrical system between tenants and makes certain no changes have been made without your knowledge. This falls under duty of care to your tenant.
Portable Appliance Testing and Inspection
We also carry out Portable appliance testing (PAT) which is required annually.
Depending on the condition, use and age of the installation, the engineer will recommend a maximum safe time period between inspections.
The law – Five Yearly Electrical Checks
From 1st June 2020, private landlords in England will be required to have the electrical installation in their rental properties checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe.
This means that:
• Electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy from 1st July 2020
• Checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by 1st April 2021
These checks must then be carried out on a five yearly basis.
A copy of the most recent electrical safety condition report (EICR) must be provided to both new and retained tenants.
If the inspection reveals any action that needs to be taken, this remedial work must be carried out within 28 days. It must meet British Standard BS 7671, with appropriate certification issued. You can find out more about periodic inspections in Section 5 of this guide.
As the landlord, you are responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent. Using an electrician or firm that is a member of an accredited registration scheme operated by a recognised body will give you the confidence that this has been achieved.
The law – Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors
From 1st October 2015, when properties are occupied by tenants, the landlord must ensure that:
• a smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation;
• a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room of the premises which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance;
• Checks must be made by or on behalf of the landlord to make sure that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins (if it is a new tenancy).
The full legislation can be found here