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E is for Electrical safety Certificate

E is for Electrical Safety

What is an Electrical Safety Certificate?


An Electrical Safety Certificate is a document issued by a certified electrician to attest that all electrical circuits and appliances in a property are in working order and safe to use. While it is not a legal requirement for landlords to obtain one in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is recommended to have electrical systems checked every five to ten years. The inspection will:

  • Discover any potential safety risks
  • Reveal any poor electrical work
  • Show if any of electrical circuits or equipment (such as extension cords) are overloaded
  • Establish if ¬†earthing and bonding measures have been carried out adequately
  • Check that equipment can be appropriately serviced
  • Determine the extent of any damage or wear and tear
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Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:

  • Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the¬†18th edition of the ‚ÄėWiring Regulations‚Äô, which are published as British Standard 7671.
  • Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
  • Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
  • 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.