Electrical certificates for homeowners
Here at Harland & Voss, not a week goes by without us issuing electrical certificates to householders or potential homeowners to show that a property is safe.
So why is there demand for these certificates when the law says you don’t actually need to have an in-date safety certificate for your own home?
Well, they come into their own when you’re buying or selling a property.
And when you get certain types of electrical works done at your home you WILL need to get a certificate, both for your own records and those of your local authority.
So first, lets explain what we mean by an electrical certificate or, to give its full name, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
This shows that a detailed check of the fixed wiring has been carried out to ensure that consumer unit and the cabling serving sockets, lighting points and other power outlets comply with current British safety standards. The test can uncover issues including the risk of electric shock or fire, whether previous electrical work has been compliant, whether cabling has become damaged or circuits are overloaded. Other items investigated are whether there is sufficient earthing at the property and whether appropriate mechanisms are in place for the circuits to shut themselves down if they detect any serious problems.
If any faults (known as “departures from safety”) are noted they will be given one of three codes:
- C1 – the fault poses an immediate risk to safety and must be rectified straight away.
- C2 – the fault poses a potential risk to safety and should be rectified as soon as possible.
- C3 – the fault has arisen because of a technicality. For example, due to regulatory changes, issues that would be considered safe at the time of installation may now be deemed unsafe. Correcting C3 items is recommended but it is not obligatory.
If any C1 or C2 items are found during the test they will need to be put right before the fixed wiring at the property can be considered safe.
If we can help you with any electrical certification please call us on 020 8451 0345.