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  • Property-a-holics

    5 year electrical checks to become mandatory



    Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules announced today.

    The new mandatory requirement for PRS landlords is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the Government, which has also launched a consultation into building regulations’ fire safety guidance.

    The Government has clarified the guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and is now seeking views on the revisions.

    The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said there will also be a full-scale review of the guidelines covering fire safety matters within and around buildings, known as ‘Approved Document B’, this autumn.

    Full/source article



    RLA recently published a blog on electrical safety within homes, by Ian Halton of the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT).

    The RLA has a landlords’ guide to electrical safety on its website, with NAPIT providing trainers for the RLA’s electrical safety training course.

    Property Tribes members can enjoy 25% discount off RLA membership.

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    Excellent news.

    We are NICEIC Electrical Contractors in the Brighton Area

    Keep safe !

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    Which company are you.I may have some business for you

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    Good news, setting and raising standards is a much needed step.

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    Good news for me.


    As well as being a landlord, I am also an electrician, based in north London.


    I suppose, if averaged out over a year, I do about one EICR (electrical installation condition report) per week.

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    Are you allowed to do EICR's on properties you own? 

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    Yes.  You aren't allowed to lie or put fictitious readings down but there is no law stating you cannot inspect your own property.  An EICR is, almost always, carried out for the owner of the property.  Every now and again the owner of the property may have been asked for a satisfactory EICR certificatory someone else, e.g. an insurance company, the LA etc but these are a minority.

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    Vanessa, you say (the article says) "under new rules announced today" for 5 yearly electrical checks. I'm wondering what that actually means, and where are these "new rules".

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