Landlord Safety Certificate

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Landlord Safety Certificate 2018-01-02T10:52:19+00:00

We are Best Installations Ltd, your local electricians covering the whole of Lancashire and occasionally beyond. We have over 19 years’ worth of knowledge and experience in the electrical trade and we pride ourselves on our customer service skills and general reputation for being a trust worthy and professional company.

Here at Best Installations Ltd it is our aim to work closely with Landlords to ensure your rental property is up to scratch with regards to regulations and compliance. We are fully STROMA covered and have comprehensive insurance in place to cover any eventuality. For your peace of mind, we are on the Electrical Competent Person Register and we can self-Certify all works carried out by our team of Knowledgeable staff.

In the private and commercial rental sector reliability and compliance to relevant legislation and regulations are at the forefront of importance. Here at Best Installations Ltd we pride ourselves at staying up to date which guarantees both our own company and our clients rental company in turn meets all necessary requirements.

Our expertise includes:

  • Fire alarm systems to the latest BS standards both installation and Testing

  • Thermal Imaging reports

  • Emergency lighting to the latest BS standards

  • Patt Testing for existing electrical appliances

  • Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR, safety check with Certificate for existing fixed wiring)

  • Home/Office Lighting with the latest LED Units

  • Exterior flood & security lighting

  • Commercial shop display lighting

  • Commercial infra-red heating installations

  • Commercial electric heating systems

  • Dado trunking and CAT5E / CAT6 data cabling networks

For further information, get in touch!


England and Wales

It’s extremely important to know that the property you are renting or the property you own as a landlord is electrically safe. With new regulations in England coming into force for smoke alarms and the staggering increase in category 1 hazard homes being rented out, it’s imperative to raise awareness on the risks that the rental market holds.

Electrical safety is a key responsibility for landlords to keep their tenants safe and avoid fines.

Failure to keep equipment such as light switches, microwaves and fuse boxes safe can result in fines, bans and imprisonment.

It is highly recommended that private landlords carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) every five years, tested by a registered, competent electrician.

It is also advised to make sure the property has proper RCD protection. An RCD is a Residual Current Device, which is a life-saving device that will prevent you from any dangers of shocks, should you touch a live element, and will cut the power when there’s a path to earth.

Thousands of fires caused by electrical faults in the home could have been reduced if an RCD had been fitted. Both tenants and landlords are advised to check to see if an RCD is fitted and working in the property already. It’s as simple as pressing a button, every 3 months.

Circuit breakers are an important part of your consumer unit and to fire safety, as they prevent circuit overloads and surges by automatically switching off. The purpose of a circuit breaker is to prevent from fires and to save lives.

A regular EICR will ensure that the electrical installation system complies with both the current edition of the Wiring Regulations and Part P of the Building Regulations. Landlords should make sure that tenants receive a copy of the periodic inspection, in the form of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

According to the Office for National Statistics, 22 people died as a result of electrocution or fatal electric burns in 2010, while there were 20,403 accidental electrical fires in homes, resulting in 48 deaths and 3,324 injuries.

Landlords should make sure any electrical equipment they provide has a safety kitemark such as the CE logo that shows a product meets EU standards.

Landlords are required to provide electrical installation certificates to show new equipment is safe, but there is no legal requirement to have it regularly inspected.

However, there are several pieces of legislation that landlords could fall foul of if they provide faulty electrics.

Legislation such as the Landlord and Tenant Act require landlords to respond to any requests for repairs and a claim could also be brought under the Consumer Protection Act if a property is found to be unsafe.

Landlords also have a duty of care for people on their property.

A tenant would need to report concerns about electrical equipment to the local council. An enforcement officer would visit the property and make an order for any changes.

Failure to comply could result in fines or bans and makes it harder to evict a tenant.

To help make things easier for you we have attached some current legislation that we have referred to above. Please find downloadable PDF documents for The original Building Regulations 1984, The Building Regulation Amendments in 2000 and also some information for Private Landlords that was taken straight from the website on the 14/11/2017.

Thermal Imaging Surveys and Reports

Here at Best Installations we like to stay ahead of the game when it comes to technology.

We do this by using an advanced Thermal Imaging camera to help detect any existing or underlying electrical problems.

Electrical equipment tends to heat up before it fails, hiding from sight until a problem becomes “self-evident”. Fortunately, thermal imaging cameras instantly make those hot spots clearly visible so you can catch them in time to investigate further, plan repairs, and get things fixed before they turn critical.

We do this by scanning electrical cabinets, breaker panels, fuses, bolted connections, and switch-gear’s with our thermal imaging camera to get an instant picture of impending trouble that you likely would miss otherwise.

We often use our camera as standard practice to ensure your property is as safe as possible but if you would like to take this further, for an additional fee when can provide you with a full Thermal Imaging report of your property which can help identify other property issues like damp and external leaks as well as electrical reports.

For further information, get in touch!