EPC Plus Ltd: Approved under the Government ‘Competent Registered Electrician’ scheme
Electrical testing and maintenance for Landlords and Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)
EPC Plus Ltd are registered as Competent Registered Electrician, which is a Government approved scheme (England and Wales), to undertake electrical installation work in the home.
Landlords are responsible for the properties they rent privately, and are safe to live in. Electrical installations maintenance and ensuring its safety within a property is critical; landlords have legal obligations to be able to verify this.
We can advise Landlords on all aspects of testing within the context of their legal obligations’ liabilities and responsibilities.
In England, new legislation, Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 stipulates landlords are required to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested, at least every five years, by a person who is qualified and competent.
Please note that this applies to new tenancies from the 1st July 2020 and to all other tenancies from the 1st April 2021.
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
This is a report to assess the safety of the existing electrical installation within a property and is used to describe its condition. Parts of the system that are reported on include fuse board (consumer unit), protective bonding, lighting, switches and sockets etc. Its aim is to confirm whether or not the electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for future use.
The report will conclude whether the electrical installation is in a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory condition.
There are various levels of code marking, from ‘danger present’ through to further investigation and improvement required. An action plan will be required and it is the clear responsibility of the landlord according to the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations to arrange any required work to be completed within 28 days.
The benefits of using a Competent Registered Electrician:
All work is to the British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671).
There are strict entry requirements for registered electricians: qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and insurance policies.
Work is regularly assessed by a Government-approved Scheme Operator: ongoing competence.
A BS7671 certificate is provided at the end of the job, to confirm that the work has been designed, inspected and tested in line with the BS7671 electrical safety standard. If the work is ‘notifiable’, a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate will be provided to confirm compliance which should be issued within 30 days of the completion of the installation.
Work can be self-certified against the Building Regulations, so no need to notify the work with the Local Authority Building Control department.
Valid insurance policies in place, including Public Liability Insurance.
There is a complaints procedure in place.
To support the ongoing integrity of electrics and to provide an overriding and comprehensive service, we can offer annual PAT testing and ongoing maintenance programmes to suit your specific needs.