As a landlord, ensuring the safety of your tenants is of utmost importance. One way to do this is by obtaining an Electrical Safety Certificate for your rental property.
- Ensuring the safety of tenants is important for landlords, and one way to do this is to obtain an Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
- An ESC confirms the safety and compliance of the electrical installations in a rental property and is a legal requirement for landlords in England under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
- To obtain an ESC, landlords must hire a qualified electrician who will conduct a thorough inspection and testing of the electrical installations.
- If any defects or hazards are found during the inspection, landlords must arrange for remedial works to be carried out as soon as possible.
- Landlords must provide a copy of the ESC to their tenants within 28 days of the inspection, and to any new tenants before they move in.
- Failure to obtain an ESC could result in a fine of up to £30,000 from the local authority, and landlords may also face legal action if an electrical accident or injury occurs as a result of faulty electrical installations.
- In addition to ESCs, there are other types of electrical inspections that landlords may need to arrange for their rental properties, including Periodic Inspection and Testing, Change of Tenancy Inspection, HMO Electrical Safety Check, and Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).