WHEN DO YOU NEED A ELECTRICAL TEST CERTIFICATE?

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An Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC) is a document that demonstrates the safety of the electrical installations, wiring, and fuses are safe. It is a big part of ensuring that your property is fit for human habitation. If you are a landlord (or aspire to be one) you have a legal requirement to have an ESC and keep it up to date. So it’s important to understand your obligations, and keep your investment on the right side of compliance.

Most of us know that it is very important to get the electrical safety certifications. But most people think that it is only required while renting or selling out the property.

Actually, here in this article we are discussing in detail about this so that people would know when they are liable to get the electrical test certificate.

Why is an Electrical Safety Certificate important?

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A landlord’s legal duty to keep their properties safe and fit for human habitation as per the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act of 2018. This legislation helps to ensure that privately rented properties are safe to occupy throughout the tenancy.

Electrical and gas safety is an extremely important consideration for all households. According to Home Office data, electrical faults are responsible for over 10% of house fires in the UK. When electrical installations are neglected for a length of time, this increases the risk of things that can lead to electrical fires such as overloaded outlets, exposed wiring or outdated appliances.

How often do you have to have an Electrical Safety Certificate?

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Landlords may reasonably wonder how many Safety Certificates they will be expected to obtain for as long as they manage a property. After all, £120 or so may seem like a fairly reasonable one-off expense. But if they need to be obtained very regularly they could start to eat into your profit margins. Especially if you manage multiple properties.

Can I sell my house without an Electrical Safety Certificate?

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However, safety-conscious buyers may be more reticent to buy if you don’t already have one. Obtaining an Electrical Safety Certificate might make your property more appealing to buyers, demonstrating that they won’t have safety issues to resolve when they purchase the property.

Where can I find my electrical certificate?

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When your EICR is carried out, you will receive one copy for your own records, and another to issue to your tenants (where appropriate). It’s important to keep your copy somewhere safe so that you can provide it in a timely manner if your local authority asks to see it.

If you lose your EICR, contact the electrician that issued it as soon as possible. They may be able to issue you with a replacement, however this may be chargeable.

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Get a Certificate Before Buying a House:

People who are actually thinking of buying a new or old house should prefer to opt for the safety inspection. So that you might know whether its electricity wiring is safe or not.

Get certificate if you Own old house:

People who actually own a house that is old and have the old electrical wiring should prefer to opt for getting an electrical test certificate. 

This will help them to actually prevent any of the fire accidents in their home. Other than that it will also help you to get rid of all types of safety problems that you are facing. 

Other than that there are some more reasons to have an electrical inspection on our property that include:

  1. If you own a house that is more than 25 years old.
  2. If you are using the old wiring in your house.
  3. If you have done any type of DIY work on the property.

Get the Certificate After a Major Storm:

If your areas of society where you live have faced any type of major storm or flooding, then you must opt to get the commercial electrical test certificate. 

Get the Certificate After Regular Interval of Time:

The next thing that you should do while dealing with electricity in your home is to fix the schedule after a regular interval of time to get the ETC. 

We recommend that you follow some simple suggestions before you choose an electrician. For more information visit Property Contractors 247.

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