The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations are designed to make sure that every electrical appliance that is left by you in the property is safe. Headway UK recommends that all electrical appliances be checked on a yearly basis by one of our qualified engineers, who can then give you a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) certificate. In addition, every electrical device that was made after 1995 should have the CE symbol.
Periodic Inspection Report (P.I.R.) & Electrical Installation Condition Report (E.I.C.R.) Landlords are legally required to ensure that all electrical installations in a rented building are safe and up to date when tenants move in. Regulations apply to all new tenancies on or after June 1st 2020, and there needs to be a new inspection report every 5 years. An up to date E.I.C.R enables you to fulfil your legal responsibilities to your tenant/s and is often a condition of landlord insurance.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been a legal requirement for landlords since April 2018. Landlords need to ensure that their EPCs have a minimum rating of E. An EPC contains information about typical energy costs and energy use for the property. They can also provide tips on how to save money by reducing your energy usage. The EPC will rate your property on a sliding scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and is valid for 10 years. If you do not have a valid EPC you can be fined £200 per dwelling. If your rental property has an F or G energy rating, you will not be legally allowed to rent it out. Headway UK can help with making sure that your property is always up to date with UK regulations by using our trusted tradesmen to carry out any checks, and ensure that periodic checks are carried out.