If you are renting a property? there is a good chance you are breaking the law without even knowing it!.
Under the health and safety act 1974, it has been mandatory to get your gas appliances in your rental property checked by the means of inspection. The “Landlord gas safety inspection” is a 12 month MOT style procedure in which allows landlords to meet minimum safety standards. This legislative introduction offered a very clear pathway to managing agents and landlords landlords to meet their legal obligations.
At Grecian Heating and Electrical we can schedule annual Gas safety reminders and appointments with tenants. Once we have carried out the inspection you will receive
- Digital Engineers job report relating to the visit
- Photos relating to areas of interest regarding appliance and/or installation
- Digital copy of your certification with any recommendations
It couldn’t be any easier to stay compliant with us looking after your appliances
“Electrical inspections are not required by law so I don’t need one” WRONG!
Far too often i hear the misconception that electrical inspections are not needed on rental properties. Infact, managing agents and landlords who don’t carry out regular electrical inspections are not only leaving themselves to prosecution but are also putting tenants and homes at risk. The law is quite clear on the responsibilities of landlords and agents relating to safe electrical installations.
Landlords are required by law to ensure:
That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
So, my question to you is how do you know your electrical installation is safe if you don’t carry out any kind of inspection? The simple answer is you can’t!
So what does this mean?
In the absence of any kind of electrical inspection, YOU will be prosecuted if it determined the electrical installation has become unsafe. Why take the chance for the sake of saving money?. Having an Electrical installation condition report (EICR) will provide with all the information and peace of mind you that you have met your responsibilities and obligations as a landlord.
The scope of the EICR is dependant on the purpose and nature of the report. Testing and Inspection of the installation can cover as much or as little as required. In essence, it’s better to have some kind of regular inspection in place than nothing at all.
Something else for you to ponder regarding Electrical inspections. An Electrical installation condition report is usually a caveat in the validity of insurance coverage, should an electrical fire occur. Were you also aware its recommended that some form of electrical inspection should be carried out every 5 years or change of tenants.
Grecian Heating and Electrical Ltd – Covering Exeter, mid and east Devon