Based in Dover, our electricians carry out installation, maintenance and testing work in private rented properties.
We have a team of NAPIT approved electricians offering a wide range of services to landlords and estate agents in Kent. Work undertaken includes:
Fixed Wiring Testing, Smoke/Heat/Carbon Alarms, PAT Testing, Emergency Lighting
We carry out various electrical installation and testing work for private landlords and letting agents across Kent. Please read the below information and if you require any further information or clarification of pricing, please contact us.
Electrical Fixed Wiring Testing (EICR) and PAT Testing
LATEST LEGISLATION NEWS - Electrical Fixed Wiring Testing (EICR) and PAT Testing will become mandatory for private rented properties in Scotland from 1st December 2015, so it won't be long before the rest of the UK follows.
The electrical safety inspection has two separate elements to be considered:
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) reports on the safety of the electrical installation, fixtures and fittings, and a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) on portable appliances.
Inspections need to be carried out by a competent and experienced electrician who is a member of a trade association i.e. NAPIT
Electrical safety inspections should have been carried out and in place (before a tenancy starts and during the tenancy at intervals of no more than 5 years (could be 3 years for HMO property) from the date of the previous inspection, and at change of tenancy). This is not yet legislation in England but will give landlords peace of mind that the systems are safe and most letting agents ask for an inspection report before taking on your property. If you fail to maintain and report on the condition of the electrical installation, you could be held liable if the worst should happen.
A copy of the most recent EICR and PAT report should be given to a person who is to become a tenant before a tenancy starts. If an inspection is carried out during a tenancy, a copy relating to that inspection should be forwarded to the tenant.
Smoke Alarms in Rented Properties
Changes in legislation for landlords - New legislation will come into force on the 1st October 2015 for private landlords in England regarding smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.
Here is a summary of the legislation, passed through parliament in September 2015: - Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey. Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance. Alarms must be tested and working at the start of each tenancy. Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flout the rule will apply. It is outlined that the relevant local authority will enforce this.
It should be noted that there is no grace period. The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however the Q&A booklet states: ‘Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenants’.
Kent Coast Electrical recommends installing an LD2 (Medium Protection) system in most instances, which includes mains powered 230v alarms with battery back-up, which can be interlinked together thoughout the property. A risk assessment should be done by the landlord or agent to determine the level of coverage required for their tenants.
Kent Coast Electrical can carry out a site visit and quote if you need further advice on what alarm system to specify.