At UCFHTL safety & security of our home seekers is our number 1 priority. It is a MUST that all rental properties on the UCFHTL site meet certain requirements, the main one being any landlord or estate agent looking to rent their properties on this site ensure they adhere to the companies terms & Conditions alongside in making a covenant that their available rental properties has a CP12, Electrical & EPC certificate.

 Electrical Certificate (EICR)

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Electrical safety

Your landlord must make sure:

  • The electrical system is safe, for example sockets and light fittings
  • All appliances they supply are safe, for example cookers and kettles
What is an EICR Certificate?

An EICR, or Electrical Inspection Condition Report (Electrical Certificate), is an in-depth inspection of your property’s electrical systems and installation. The inspection is to assess and identify any condition, deterioration or defect which has the potential to result in danger.

In this electrical safety certification, all the electrical systems and installations present in residential or commercial buildings are thoroughly inspected.

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Do I need an EICR Certificate?

Legislation has recently changed and now states that from July 1st, 2020, privately rented properties will need a valid EICR Certificate – Electrical Certificate for all new tenancies and renewals. If you have an existing tenancy you have until April 1st, 2021 in order to get your electrical certification report.

Business owners also require a valid EICR Electrical Certificate as they are legally responsible for the welfare of their staff, customers or tenants, and could face prosecution should there be harm caused due to unsafe electrics.

If you are a homeowner, it is not a legal requirement to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR Certificate). However, it is advised that a new electrical certificate should be undertaken every ten years for a privately owned property.

In addition, if you are looking to sell your property, your buyer’s solicitor may well request in order for you to demonstrate regular maintenance to the property. That’s why you need an Electrical Safety Certification. It is also worth noting that if you fail to maintain your electrical systems, insurance companies can use this as a reason to refuse claims.

What is the purpose of an EICR – Electrical Safety Certificate?

An EICR report must include a complete record of all checks performed to assure legal compliance.

The report will include any proposed corrective steps or changes that landlords will either need to do to secure certification or to consider in the future to keep the property as safe as possible if faults or potential concerns in electrical safety are discovered.

The electrical safety inspection’s goal is to:

  • Determine whether there are any possible safety hazards in the property’s permanent installations (lights, sockets, fixtures, electric storage boiler etc.).
  • Identify any electrical work that has been inadequately completed and is either harmful or potentially hazardous.
  • Check that no electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded.
  • Check that the earthing and bonding are correctly done and that there is enough resistance to trip the circuit breakers in the case of a surge.
How long is the Electrical Certificate valid for?

Current guidelines state that for rental properties the Electrical Installation Condition Report lasts for 5 years but also recommends having the report renewed at the start of each new tenancy.

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