An electrical certificate is a document that certifies the electrical installations within a property or building as safe for use by people. An electrical certificate is presented to you after an electrical inspection has passed or after any remedial works have taken place that were detailed in the electrical installation condition report. An electrical certificate will be valid for 10 years if the electrical installations were in good working order when they were inspected.
As previously mentioned, electrical certificates in London will certify the electrics in a property or building as safe. This is great to have because it can make you feel at ease that you’re safe within your own home. However, by law, you must have valid electrical certificates in London if you’re a landlord leasing out your property to tenants, you’re buying or selling a property, and you must have an electrical inspection for a new electrical certificate if a flood or a fire takes place on your property.
As a landlord, it is your duty to ensure that the tenants within your property are safe, therefore, you must:
An electrical certificate will prove that all these factors are in place, therefore, sometimes it is best to get another electrical certificate before it expires. As a landlord, you should have an electrical inspection at least every 5 years.
If you’re looking to sell your property, then you will not be able to legally sell the property to another buyer until you get an electrical certificate for the property. The same goes for buying, you cannot enter that property until there is a valid electrical certificate in place. If you are trying to get tenants within a property, then an estate agent will not let any tenants move in until the electrical installations within the property are deemed safe with an electrical certificate.
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