Landlord EICR Checks
Twickenham or Whitton needed?
Are you a private landlord in England? Then you’ll need Five Yearly Electrical Checks, from 1st June 2020. Moreover, as a private landlord you will be required to have the electrical installation in your rental properties checked. Consequently, this must be done by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe. A Sparks are qualified to do landlord EICR inspections and cover Twickenham and Whitton. But what does this mean?
- Prior to the start of new tenancy, electrical installations must be inspected and tested from 1st July 2020.
- Any existing tenancies, checks must be carried out by 1st April 2021.
- Electrical safety condition report (EICR) checks must then be carried out on a five yearly basis.
- The most recent EICR must be provided to both new and retained tenants.
- As a private landlord you are responsible for making sure that the person who completes the check is suitably competent.
Therefore, it’s important to use a qualified electrician that is a member of an accredited registration scheme. Below, courtesy of Electrical Safety First, is your landlords guide.
Private Landlords Whitton & Twickenham EICR Guide
Electrical Safety First guidance explains your responsibilities for making sure that your rental properties are electrically safe. Additionally, it offers practical advice to help you keep your tenants safe.
Electrical Safety First PDF
Electrical safety record
Reassuringly, Great Britain has a relatively good record of electrical safety. However, the most recent figures available show that in a typical year there are some alarming consequences of faulty electrics in homes.
- Firstly, every year around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by faulty electrics and electrical equipment. Almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity.
- Secondly, there will be approximately 20,000 accidental electrical fires in homes, resulting in around 50 deaths and 3500 injuries.
Three major hazards from electricity at home
Most accidents involving electricity in the home arise through faults in, or misuse of, domestic appliances or the electrical installation. Additionally, another major cause is objects being placed too close to a heat source, such as an electric heater or lamp. In summary, the three major hazards from electricity in the home are electric shock, fire and burns.
These can occur through:
- The electrical installation and appliances deteriorating over time.
- Damage to switches, sockets and appliances.
- Misuse of the installation and appliances.
- Poor or lack of maintenance of the installation.
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Landlord electrical periodic inspection
Importantly, a periodic inspection aims to achieve the following:
- Discover if electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Identify potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
- Find any defective electrical work.
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.