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Mandatory Electrical Tests For Waterlooville Landlords

Mandatory 5 year electrical installation checks on private rented houses was announced yesterday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

An implementation date is still yet to be agreed but it has been indicated it will introduce legislation upon this as soon as possible. This will be introduced in a phased manner and it's been discussed this will happen over a 2 year transitioning period. In the first year all new tenancies and renewal tenancies will be affected and the second year will be when those existing tenancies need to be bought into line with the new legislation.

If I already have a valid electrical installation check, do I need a new one?

The answer to this is no, you will need a new check and certificate issued when the current certificate expires at the end of the 5 years.

Who can carry out the check?

Landlords and agents must ensure the inspection they send to issue the EICR holds the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection. Tough financial penalties will apply where this isn’t complied with.

What is a EICR check?

An electrical installation condition report (EICR), or periodic inspection report as they used to be called is a thorough test and inspection of the consumer unit (or fuse board), wiring and electrical accessories, the electrician is checking for any faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards. Throughout the test, the following will be inspected and tested:

▪ The adequacy of the earth and bonding.

▪ Devices for protection against fire and electric shock.

▪ Any damage or wear and tear that might affect the safety of the properties inhabitants.

▪ Identification of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories.

▪ Identification of any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury.

Many faults can’t be seen simply by looking and are only picked up during testing.

Housing minister Heather Wheeler said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home. While measures are already in place to crack down on the small minority of landlords who rent out unsafe properties, we need to do more to protect tenants.

“These new measures will reduce the risk of faulty electrical equipment, giving people peace of mind and helping to keep them safe in their homes."

Fatalities and injuries caused by electrical fires (2015/16 figures)*

• 1380 fatalities and injuries caused by electrical fires

• Average of 27 a week and 4 a day

Cookers and ovens were the leading cause of electrical related fatalities and injuries (679)

Number of fires of electrical origin in England in 2015/16*

15,432 fires caused by electricity (out of a total of 28,350 fires)

54.4% of fires in England were caused by electricity

Major products involved in electrical fires in 2015/16*

• Cooking appliances were the highest cause of fires in England in 2015/16 at 8,759

• A DTI report estimates that 20% of electrical fires could be prevented by the presence of an RCD

*all stats from https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/what-we-do/policies-and-research/statistics-england

Personally, I think this legislation is much needed and one that’s been talked about for years but never been enforced. A gas safety check is required annually but there’s no legislation for an electrical check, electrics can be just as dangerous as gas!

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