Renting Out a Safe Home

As the owner of property that you are going to rent out, it is important that you are concerned about the safety of your tenants. You have to check that your appliances are in the right working condition and that there are no chances of a carbon-monoxide leak from anywhere.

There have been several cases where landlords have been prosecuted for negligent acts of not having their electricals checked and certified thus resulting in endangering their tenants. These offences can carry a penalty of as much as 5000 pounds per appliance that is not of good quality. Here are some tips that you have to keep in mind when getting your property inspected.

The landlords electrical safety certificate is an important document that you can share with your potential tenants to show them that you have taken every possible step to ensure your property is safe. The inspection for this certificate is carried out by an electrician who is registered with national authorities dealing with the same. You could also go on the basis of recommendations from other landlords in the vicinity.

When you have an inspection carried out, its best to repeat the process every five years or so. In this inspection, the condition of your electrical wiring will be looked through and in-depth checks will be conducted on the levels of safety of your electrical installation. Your electrician will provide you with an Electrical Safety Inspection Report’ once he is done with his job and ensures that everything is safe to handle. This you will get within a day or two of completion.

It would also be a good idea to have your electrician carry out what is called a Portable Appliance Testing or PAT. This should be done on an annual basis. This refers to any electrical appliance that can be unplugged and moved about and be used on the main power supply. It refers to the likes of lamps, TV, microwaves, ovens, notebooks etc. This ensures on a regular basis that these products and the outlets they are plugged into are safe to use.

There are several qualified electricians that you can hire for the job. The best would be to go on the basis of recommendations from those who have used their services earlier. Look for comprehensive packages where you get an electronic as well as hard copy of your certificate. Mark the date of validity on the certificate and ensure that you have it renewed every five years.

Spooky Delights in London

Wardrobe Court is a glimpse of the London of the past and dates back to 1720. To stand here on a winter’s night, in the pitch black stillness, is to experience the true thrill of historic and haunted London. Massive trees tower over the three-story houses, and even the faintest of breezes will send their branches creaking and their trunks swaying.

The perfect stillness of the yard keeps you constantly on edge and glancing furtively around at the gloomy shadows; you feel certain that eyes are watching you from the inky blackness of the house windows.

Not surprisingly, the courtyard has a ghost. People going about their honest, night-time toil in the neighborhood have reported sighting a lady, dressed all in white, drifting aimlessly from door to door. Who she is and why she should choose to wander this courtyard is unknown.

She says nothing, does nothing and pays little heed to anyone or anything, being more than content to let the world pass her by as she goes about her ghostly business. However, should you be so rude as to stare at her, she becomes displeased and irritated and promptly responds by fading away, leaving you rubbing your eyes and staring at the place she once was.

The Viaduct Tavern dates back to 1875, and is the last example of a late Victorian gin palace left in the City of London. It is also prone to suffer from bouts of poltergeist activity. The restless spirit that haunts the Viaduct Tavern loves to haunt the pub cellars where several members of the staff have experienced its unwelcome attentions. In 1996, a manager was tidying the cellar one Saturday morning, when the door suddenly slammed shut and the lights went out.

Feeling his way to the door, he found that no matter how hard he pushed, it just would not open. Fortunately, his wife heard his cries for help and came down stairs to investigate. She found that the doors, which would not open from the inside, were unlocked and easily pushed open from the outside.

In May 1999 two electricians, working in one of the pub’s upstairs rooms, also attracted the ghost’s unwelcome attentions. They had rolled the carpet up and were taking up the floorboards, when one of them felt a hand tap him on the shoulder.

Thinking it was his workmate he turned round, but found that he was on the other side of the room; this happened not once, but twice. When he asked his workmate if he was playing a prank, they both witnessed the heavy carpet, that lay rolled up by the window, lift into the air and drop heavily onto the floor.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, or Bart’s as those who study and work here know it, has the distinction of being the oldest hospital in London to still stand on its original site; its origins stretch back to 1123. In the depths of the hospital there is an elevator, which generations of doctors and nurses have come to know as the ‘coffin lift.’

In the silent hours of early mornings, it has been known to take unsuspecting passengers down to the basement, regardless of which floor they have pressed the button for. Once there, its lights go out and it will not move; after a few moments of pushing the buttons, staff will pull open the gates and walk back to the ground floor. Here they find the lift waiting, its gates open and its lights on.

Should they then choose to walk up to the original level they were trying to reach, they will have the unpleasant experience of the elevator follow them up as the stairs they must take are twisted around the lift shaft. Tradition maintains that it is the ghost of a nurse, who was once murdered in the lift in the basement by a deranged patient, is responsible for the malfunction.

When on vacation, it is often nice to do something that is not quite considered mainstream. Take a guided tour of the haunted places in London and see what kind of spooks you can rile up. Remember, this is a journey best taken by those that are not faint of heart.

How to Choose a Qualified Electrician

Electricity is something that only a qualified electrician should be handling. Ignoring this could prove fatal for both the person concerned and for all those who use the apartment or the gadget in question. Therefore if you need an electrical job done in your home, the only wise thing to do would be to hire a qualified electrician London. If this is the first time that you are using an electrician then your next question is probably going to be how do I find one? Here are some tips:

Look for credentials

To begin with make sure that the electrician that you are considering for the job is a certified electrician. This would mean that he needs to have some sort of training in the field. Electricians also need to be licensed by the appropriate authority. In addition to their licence they also need to have a permit by the local authorities to work in the buildings in your area. You should hire an electrician only after you have ensured that all these requirements are met.

Insurance and bonding

It is also very important to make sure that your electrician London is bonded and insured in case there is any eventuality. This is especially important or you could land up losing a lot more money. Most handyman firms ensure that they insure their electricians but you need to make sure anyways.

Look for specialist

If you have a large electrical job to be done then you might be better off looking for a specialist in the field. Looking for an electrician London who specialises in a particular area is not difficult. These electricians are better equipped to deal with larger and more complex problems.