Part P of the Building Regulations came into force in January 2005 to ensure that all electrical work carried out within a home or garden – is carried out safely by a qualified electrician and that building control is notified of this work.
This notification is particularly important when moving house because the compliance certificate is required by the buyers solicitors to show that any electrical work carried out at the house on behalf of the vendor or seller is safe.
In other words, failure to comply could have an effect on the future sale of the home and the onus is on the home owner to ensure the work has been notified.
To achieve compliance with the legal requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires proof that an electrical system is safe, which involves amongst other things, proper inspection and testing of a system by competent people and the creation and maintenance of records.
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is law in the United Kingdom.
Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR)
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) places a legal responsibility on employers and employees, as duty holders, to ensure that electrical systems used at work under their control are safe.
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Having CompEx EX07 & EX08 certification allows our specialist testing division the ability to verify the condition of the electrical installation and equipment at a filling stations. This certification:
a. Will show that it satisfies the statutory safety requirements of EWR and DSEAR
b. Will provide site operators with sufficient information to enable them to comply with their statutory duties.
Electrical Condition & Inspection Report
Landlords are required by law to ensure:
• That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
• That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years. If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However it is recommended that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
• That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is the main legislation for landlords in England and Wales. Key points can be found in: Section 8. Implied terms as to fitness for human habitation.
• The property should be fit for people to live in at the beginning of the tenancy (subsection (1)(a)).
• The property should be kept in a fit state for people to live in during the tenancy (subsection (1)(b)).
Section 11. Repairing obligations in short leases
This places a duty on landlords to keep in repair and proper working order the:
• Installations in the property for the supply of water, gas and electricity, and for sanitation (subsection (1)(b)).
• Space heating and heating water (subsection (1)(c)).
Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984, give landlords a duty of care for anyone visiting their property. In short, a landlord could be prosecuted if someone is injured on their land or premises – regardless of whether the visitor is there lawfully (the 1957 Act) or trespassing (the 1984 Act.)