When selling a house, there is no legal obligation to provide a buyer with any electrical safety certificate. Providing an electrical safety certificate might make selling a house faster, but it is not a legal requirement in the UK.
Landlords and property managers do have a legal responsibility to provide an electrical test as part of their safety check prior to allowing tenants to live in a property.
When selling a house the potential buyer may want to perform a safety test on both gas and electricity for their own assurance.
When might you be asked to supply an electrical safety certificate?
When you are selling a house your solicitor might ask you to fill in a residential or commercial property information form. This form will include sections that refer to the electrical system within the house.
You may also be asked by potential buyers to provide an electrical safety certificate, as mentioned above this is not a legal requirement and is just for the buyers own assurance.
If you are renting a house or commercial property via a known and reliable agent you should always be asked to provide an electrical safety certificate. You should not be allowed to let out a home or commercial property without one.
What is an electrical certificate?
The official and more technical name of this report is “electrical installation condition report” or the “EICR”.
The EICR report will show the condition and state of electrical safety in a property, residential or commercial as well as evaluate the condition of the electrical insulation.
Typically the electrical test is carried out 5 years in both commercial and residential properties. The age and condition of the insulation can require more frequent testing.
Electrical certificate for a House of Multiple Occupancy:
Student homes and rented properties that house multiple tenants are required by law to provide a periodic electrical inspection every five years. The test must be performed by a registered, professional electrician.
The results of the Electrical Installation Condition Report should be kept as proof of the inspection. The report can also give important information on any remedial work which may require carrying out.
If you’re unsure about whether or not you need an electrical certificate, or you’re unsure of the benefits of getting one, you can contact us anytime. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be happy to offer you any free advice on any aspect of selling your property.