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Electric Certification

  • There are various electric certificates:
  • Periodic Certificates at 5 yearly intervals ideally upon a change of tenancy as departing tenants may have damaged the wiring.
  • PAT testing of Portable Appliances - especially important are 'moving' appliances like vacuum cleaners, irons, and washing machines which vibrate 'nicking' cables causing short circuits.
  • Part-P is normally completed by the electrician and provided directly to Building Control.
  • Electric Commissioning certificates following renovation etc.
  • Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (See Government website):
    • Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:
    • Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’,  published as British Standard 7671.
    • Ensure electrics in rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
    • Obtain report from those effecting 'inspection-and-test' revealing results and setting next inspection and test date.
    • Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the 'inspection-and-test'.
    • Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
    • Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
    • Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
    • Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
    • Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
    • Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.

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Published: 5 October 2015 Last Updated: 5 December 2021