Electrical Testing For Landlords

As most of you know, it became mandatory for landlords to have a valid EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) on their rental properties from the 1st of July 2020. From that date we’ve had quite a lot of requests for electrical reports from the landlords of Sheffield and we have loved working with them.

So what have we learnt so far from the landlords of Sheffield

What we have found is some other electrical companies aren’t testing or pricing fairly. instead they are tempting landlords in with cheap prices and then being very harsh of the electrical reports with the aim of clawing back their costs from the remedial work. Now this is a practice that unfortunately goes on, but it’s one that i, personally is not happy with so i thought id offer you all some advice and tips on what to look out for:

Tip 1 – If it seems too cheap then it probably is. A EICR is a serious bit of work and to do one correctly and thoroughly takes time and knowledge. With an EICR the electrician should be testing every circuit, checking the accessories of the circuit (such as the sockets or light fittings etc). Removing some of the accessories to check the internal condition and the connections. Then there is the time needed to type up the report. So make sure you get a couple of quotes when choosing an electrician to conduct your electrical safety check in Sheffield

Tip 2 – Question your report. You are not an electrician and should not be expected to understand all our electrical terminology. Ask your electrician to explain and observations he or she has found in your rental property

Tip 3 – No fixing. Your electrician is there to report on the current condition of your electrical installation and not to repair any remedial work they’ve identified. Electrical testing for landlords - free written quote

Tip 4 – Make sure you get a written quote. While we’re on the subject of remedial work, make sure your electrician gives you a  written quote for the work required. They shouldn’t be just saying “while im here i’ll fix this and that for you for £XXX”

When do i need to get my rental property tested in Sheffield?

All rented properties must have a satisfactory EICR every 5 years or upon the change of tenancy. However, you do not need to get a full electrical test every time you get a new tenant. What we’re advising our client to do is get a EICR done, then if you have a change of tenancy during the 5 years, then just have visual inspection. If you use the same electrician for every report then we will have details of your last report. so will be able to see if anything has been tampered with. if it has then a full inspection maybe required.

After your local electrician in Sheffield has conducted your electrical inspection and issued your report, you may get an unsatisfactory verdict and some remedial work will be required in this instance. When needing to get remedial work done, it’s important to remember that you only have 28 days to get the work done and a satisfactory report.

More information on the legal requirements for landlords regarding electrical inspections can be found on the gov website here

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