Electrical testing for landlords – don’t get caught out


Electrical testing for landlords

Following the introduction of mandatory electrical testing for landlords, a landlord has been fined £1,600 for failing to provide an up-to-date electrical test.

The landlord was fined by Coventry City Council for not submitting a valid electrical report in the timescales required,

The law changed in England in 2021. All landlords have to have all properties they own EICR tested every five years.

Questions we are asked about electrical testing for landlords

What electrical report do I need as a landlord from July 2022?

Currently, all landlords in England and Scotland must have a valid EICR electrical test in place for every property they own.

From December 2022, landlords in Wales must also have a valid EICR electrical test in place.

What do they do in an electric test for landlords?

An electrical safety test is carried out by a professional electrician or electrical engineer.

It involves testing the electrical installation in a property to make sure it is safe and working as it should.

The electrical engineer tests the light fittings, wiring, fuse boxes and plug sockets in each room of the property.

They then provide a report that advises what is safe and what needs fixing.

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Looking for electrical testing for landlords? Hawkesworth can help

As a landlord, it’s essential to take precautions to make sure your tenants stay safe.

Hawkesworth can conduct electrical testing to ensure your property (or properties) stay compliant with regulations.

Our skilled electrical engineers work across the UK meaning wherever you are, we will do the work on your behalf.

Whether you have one property that needs testing or a portfolio of rental homes, we provide a thorough service that will keep you safe.

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