Buying and Selling Property

Electrical Installation Condition Reports, or EIC Reports, are required by most Agents when buying or selling a property.

The EIC Report is a complete diagnosis of the state of the electrical system. Prior to purchasing a new home, home-buyers often request electrical safety certificates.

The mortgage lender may stipulate that a report is obtained to ensure there are no serious problems with the electrical supply.

If electrical problems or risks are identified, EV Life will provide a free quotation to rectify the situation. The buyer and vendor will be clear about the extent of the problem.


Lettings and Landlords

It has been reported that landlords are exposing themselves to significant risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations.

Landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire.

Your Responsibilities as a Landlord

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 a HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried on to your rental properties at least every five years).

  • That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturers’ 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 the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.

Text taken from Electrical Safety First. For more information follow the link to download the Landlord Guide.