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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Electrical Testing for Landlords

We do lots of electrical testing and thats not just because we are required to by our electrical regulations.

The number of enquiries regarding electrical testing we receive from landlords, companies, and students to name but a few has increased dramatically over the past few years, to where now our testing services has become a large part of our everyday work.

The three main types of electrical testing are :-
Periodic Inspection Reports - now becoming widely known as fixed wiring testing
Electrical Installation Certificates and Minor Work Certificates
PAT Testing

A large percentage of our new work has come from landlords looking to rent out a recently purchased house or flat. Landlords are required to prove that they have taken reasonable steps to ensure that the electrical appliances they provide and the electrical system of their house/flat is maintained in a safe working order.

We are asked on nearly every occasion by landlords to provide an "electrical safety certificate" - but in the electrical world no such certificate exists.

What do exist is the following and this is what we recommend :-
A Periodic Inspection report is carried out on the premises which will provide a visual and test results using calibrated test equipment on the electrical system in a report format, which will list any deviations from the current electrical regulations with recommendations if any to bring the electrical installation up to current safety standards. Once the required standard is met, the Periodic Inspection Report should be carried out at least every five years and we would recommend on every change of tenancy. Within those five years we would suggest a yearly visual electrical inspection to check for signs of wear and tear on sockets, lights etc.

Further to the Periodic Inspection Report, which is the required and correct document for landlords, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) should be carried out on any electrical appliances the landlord provides to their tenants. PAT Testing is recommended to be carried out every year.

Further details of our Inspection and Testing Service - which includes Periodic Inspection Reports can be found here on our website

Further details of our Pat Testing service can be found here

A good resource for Landlords is a website called Landlordzone

We are always delighted to discuss with landlords and other customers the requirements regarding electrical testing and I personally would be delighted to discuss this further with anyone.

So if you have any questions regarding electrical testing and how our services can work with you, give us a call on 01786 813916


Dave Rongey said...

I am so glad to see how the UK electrical service companies offer a regular service to inspect the integrity of domestic wiring and appliances. This is a great preventive measure that will help avoid any catastrophic event from happening.

Calibration Services said...

Yes, we are lucky here in the UK that we have these strict inspections but it is really important to callibrate your testing equipment. If not, then the testinf proceedure could produce incorrect readings.

Contact Details for Stirling Electrical Services Ltd.

Stirling Electrical Services Ltd
12 Queen Street
Stirlingshire, FK7 7JG

Tel: 01786 813916, Fax:01786 811447
Web: www.stirlingelectrical.co.uk
Email: info@stirlingelectrical.co.uk