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.