As a landlord, you’re responsible for the safety of the electrics throughout the property – this includes the installation itself and any electrical appliances you’ve provided. You’ll need to make sure these are safe when a new tenant moves in and is maintained for the duration of their tenancy.
For landlords in Scotland or whose properties are classified as HMOs, it is a legal requirement to get an EICR completed at least every 5 years.
As of 1st June 2020, private landlords are now legally required to have an EICR at least every five years or after change of occupancy.
If you start a new tenancy on or after 1st July 2020, you’ll need to make sure the first inspection and testing are carried out before your new tenants move in. For existing tenancies, you’ll need to complete them by 1st April 2021.
But if you don’t, you could face fines of up to £30,000 and your insurance could be invalidated. Banning orders may also be brought for serious or repeated offences.
Safe Building Services carry out fixed wire inspection and testing in accordance with BS7671 on all types of properties from one-off properties for homeowners or private landlords to large social housing providers across the whole of Scotland and the North East of England. We are an approved contractor with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and Select Scotland.
Electrical installation inspection & testing in accordance with BS7671 involves the testing of electrical circuits and distribution boards. The wiring of each circuit will undergo a series of tests to ensure that the wiring is safe and that the circuit is wired correctly. Each circuit’s cable and accessories, including light switches, fittings, socket outlets, and supplies to other fixed equipment, will be tested and inspected for any damage, deterioration, or dangerous conditions.
We will be more than happy to assist you with any electrical installation inspection and testing you require and will ensure that you are fully compliant with current regulations. Our aim is to keep you, your residents, and your property safe from electrical hazards.