If you are a landlord or letting agency in Edinburgh you will be aware of the laws surrounding renting out properties. You will understand your responsibilities around ensuring that your property is safe and the utilities are in a good condition. According to Electrical Safety Council, each year in the UK, 70 people are killed by an electrical accident in the home and 350,000 sustain a serious injury from an electric shock. These are shocking figures. In a lot of cases lack of or malfunctioning smoke alarms contributed to these deaths.
Within Edinburgh, the regulations state that Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) must have periodic checks by a qualified electrician. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) must be issued at least every three years. Annually, a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) certificate should be issued.
There are other checks to be carried out, including gas safety checks which are just as important.
Electrical Installation Condition Report
When we undertake an EICR, we inspect:
- The insulation of the wiring- ensuring it is not frayed and unsafe
- The fuse board – checking that it is safe and fit for purpose
- That all electrical installations are earthed.
For PAT reports we test appliances such as toasters, vacuum cleaners etc. to ensure that they have not deteriorated to the point of being unsafe.
As we are NICEIC approved electricians we are qualified to undertake all these tests and any remedial works and installation of smoke alarms.
Getting people you can trust to do these checks is important, that is why we let our recommendations speak for themselves.
If you are a letting agent or landlord and you are looking for recommended electricians in Edinburgh, give us a call to discuss how we can help.