Electrical Inspection Certificates

Periodic Inspection, Testing & Reporting

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important that you ensure that your tenant(s) are not put at risk, by ensuring that the electrical installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.

A Periodic Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the National Standard, BS 7671, for the safety of electrical installations.

A periodic inspection should:

  • reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded,
  • find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation,
  • identify any defective DIY electrical work,
  • highlight any lack of earthing or bonding, and
  • identify departures from the National standard (BS 7671).

Frequency of Periodic Inspections

The frequency of periodic inspection and testing will depend upon the type of installation, its use and operation, the frequency and quality of maintenance and the condition of the electrical installation at the time of the inspection and test. Although IEE Guidance Note 3 Inspection and Testing recommends 10 years as the maximum period between tests, this relates to the period from the initial inspection (when the installation was first installed) to the first periodic inspection and test.

For rented accommodation the ESC recommends that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every 5 years or on the change of tenancy. Where a change of tenancy occurs after a short period (for example less than 6 months) of letting, a full periodic inspection and test may not be always be required. However, it is imperative that the landlord or a person acting on their behalf carries out an electrical safety inspection, prior to the property being relet. This inspection should include checks to ensure there are no broken or missing accessories, no accessible live parts, no signs of burning at accessories or electrical equipment and a manual test of any residual current devices.

PAT Testing

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
If a landlord provides any electrical appliances as part of a tenancy, the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations require him or her to ensure that the appliances are safe when first supplied. Although there is no specific requirement for portable appliance testing to be carried out in rented accommodation, the landlord is required to take reasonable steps to ensure that appliances such as electric kettles, fridges and washing machines provided as part of the tenancy agreement are safe. Portable appliance testing is one way of ensuring equipment is safe for continued use. Guidance from Communities and Local Government (CLG) indicates that when accommodation is re-let, the electrical appliances will be classed as being supplied to that tenant for the first time, and should therefore be re-checked.