Qualified Electricians in Devon
As of June 1st 2020, private landlords in England must now make sure all electrics in their properties are safe. At BNC Electrical Contractors Ltd we specialise in landlord electrical checks, ensuring all electrical appliances and wiring is working as it should be. It is important that this is regularly checked as any issues could not only be costly but also dangerous for current and potential tenants.
Our team of electricians has been operating around Newton Abbot and Devon since 1987. We ensure that all work we carry out is thorough and complies with guidelines.
What are Five Yearly Electrical Checks?
On June 1st 2020 new legislation was brought in requiring landlords in England to carry out checks of electrical installations in any rental properties they have. This is to ensure that any rented house or flat is safe for a tenant to be in. It is your responsibility as a landlord to ensure that all necessary safety checks have been carried out correctly, which is why you need to use a qualified electrician.
If you own a rental, it is important that these checks are carried out on any existing tenancies you have in place by April 1st 2021 at the latest. These new changes also mean that any electrics must be tested and inspected before any new tenancy starts from 1st July 2020.
About Electrical Safety Condition Reports
Once these landlord electrical checks have been completed, a new EICR (Electrical Safety Condition Report) needs to be given to current tenants as well as any new tenants. This is a formal report which covers the assessment of installations within a property.
There are several aspects that an EICR will look at. This includes:
- Environmental Conditions
- Change of Use (i.e. domestic to rented)
- Property Type and Age
- Signs of Vandalism
- Any Concerns Owner Has
When any issues are found, then you must make sure remedial work is completed within 28 days of the report. The work needs to meet British Standards (BS7671) and any appropriate certificates issued.
You can find out more details about the new requirements on the Electrical Safety First website.
Health and Safety of Checking Electrics
Ensuring that all of your wiring and appliances are working correctly can prevent expenses in the future as well as serious harm. As a landlord, you need to make sure that your tenants are safe at all times during their tenancy.
Each year in the UK around 20,000 accidental electrical fires happen which causes 3,500 injuries and 50 deaths on average. To add to this, there are through to be 350,000 injuries and 70 deaths a year in the UK from faulty equipment and electrics.
What We Do
Making sure a property is safe to live in is your number 1 priority as a landlord. With years of experience, our team are able to provide landlord electrical checks including five yearly electrical checks in Newton Abbot and across Devon.
Our team carry out periodic inspection reports as well as portable appliance testing (PAT) for our clients. Additionally, we are registered with NICEIC for your complete peace of mind.