Landlord Electrical Certificates: Installation Reports & Appliance Testing

OpenRent have teamed up with electricians up and down the country to provide a comprehensive UK electrical safety testing service specifically designed to meet landlords’ legal safety obligations.

We use our position as the UK’s biggest letting agent to negotiate unbeatably low pricing for our 59,000 landlords.


Your Duties as a Landlord

As a landlord, it is your legal duty to ensure all electrical equipment in your property is safe and maintained throughout the whole tenancy. This responsibility covers light fixtures and plugs, as well as internal wiring.

An electrical installation includes all fixed electrical equipment that is supplied through your property’s electricity meter. Just like other features of your property, electrical installations deteriorate and face wear and tear, so need to be properly maintained.

Failure to do so can lead to prosecution and also invalidates most landlord insurance policies. For the safety of your tenants and your business, it is important to get regularly electrical safety certification.

£49

from only

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Recommended annually
Up To 10 Electrical Appliances Included
Free plug and fuse replacements
Minor faults corrected and appliance retested
Digitally Accessible Certificate of Electrical Safety
Engineer compliant to carry out work in accordance with UK law

£129

only

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

Recommended every 5 years
Digitally Accessible Certificate
Testing fuses & circuit breakers
Engineer compliant to carry out work in accordance with UK law

PAT Testing for Landlords

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the checking of the safety of portable (as opposed to fixed) electrical appliances in your property. Confusingly, portable appliances include stationary equipment like fridges and washing machines, as well as things like TVs, kettles and space heaters.

Getting these appliance tested with a PAT is a great way to ensure and prove their safety, allowing you to efficiently fulfil your duties as a landlord.

How Often Do I Need to Inspect my Portable Electrical Appliances?

As a landlord, your duty is to ensure the safety of the electrical appliance in your property. There is no legal requirement to do a PAT test periodically unless your property is a House in Multiple Occupancy, but doing one is a great way to meet your legal obligations and keep your tenants safe.

From a practical point of view, different appliances need testing in accordance with their risk of breaking. High-use, highly portable appliances like toasters are far more likely to be damaged in everyday use than a stationary washing machine, meaning a landlord might responsibly have the former tested every two years, but the latter every four years.

Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) and PAT Testing

If you are the landlord of an HMO, then the law around electrical safety is different for you. If your property is classified as an HMO then an annual PAT is legally required. It must cover all appliances in the property.

Product Breakdown

OpenRent PAT Testing £49
Up To 10 Electrical Appliances Included
Additional appliances (over 10) surplus
+ £2
per appliance
FREE plug and fuse replacements
Minor faults corrected and appliance retested
Digitally Accessible Certificate of Electrical Safety
Engineer compliant to carry out work in accordance with:
- BS 7671 requirements for electrical installations
- IEE wiring regulations seventeenth edition
- Health & Safety at work Act 1974
- Health & Safety at work regulations 1999
- Provisions and use of work equipment regulations 1998
- Electricity at work regulations 1989
- Testing completed by fully qualified City & Guilds engineers
Booking Availability
Engineers normally work 8am-6pm
Evenings & Saturdays possible depending on availability.
If engineer not available, full refund provided.
Monday - Friday
(Time of inspection will be confirmed after booking)
Lead Time
Available with 5 days notice
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Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for Landlords

Getting a periodic inspection of your electrical installations via an Electric Installation Condition Report is the best way to fulfil your legal duties as a landlord and make sure that the electrical infrastructure of your property is safe for your tenants.

Your EICR should be carried out by a registered electrician. The inspection will check the condition of your property’s wiring, look for wear & tear and see if your property’s electrical installations pose any shock or fire hazards. You will then receive a report from the electrician.

How Often Do I Need to Carry Out a Condition Report?

As a landlord, your duty is to ensure the safety of the electrical infrastructure of your property. There is no legal requirement to get a EICR periodically unless your property is a House in Multiple Occupancy, but doing one is a great way to meet your legal obligations and keep your tenants safe.

Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) and EICR Testing

If you are the landlord of an HMO, then you must carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report every five years. This will reveal any defective electrical work, identify fire hazards and check if any circuits are overloaded and dangerous.

Product Breakdown

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
Fixed Wire Testing
£129
Recommended every 5 years
Testing fuses & circuit breakers
Checking fuse or circuit breaker ratings
Also known as RCDs / RCBOs Testing
Full comprehensive quotation for any remedial works, if required
- Failed circuits are retested at time of remedial works taking place
Up to 8 circuits included
- Most residential properties have fewer than 8 circuits
- Failed circuits are retested at time of remedial works taking place
- Additional circuits (over 8) will be charged at £15.
1 Fuse Board Included
Generally properties have a single fuse board
Very large properties may have two
Our engineer will charge for this if needed at £60 per additional fuse board.
Digitally Accessible Certificate of Electrical Safety
Engineer compliant to carry out work in accordance with:
- BS 7671 requirements for electrical installations
- IEE wiring regulations seventeenth edition
- Health & Safety at work Act 1974
- Health & Safety at work regulations 1999
- Provisions and use of work equipment regulations 1998
- Electricity at work regulations 1989
- Testing completed by fully qualified City & Guilds engineers
Booking Availability
Engineers normally work 8am-6pm
Evenings & Saturdays possible depending on availability.
If engineer not available, full refund provided.
Monday - Friday
(Time of inspection will be confirmed after booking)
Lead Time
Available with 5 days notice
Show More Information
Failure to provide safely installed and maintained electrical appliances can lead to prosecution, property insurance may be invalidated, fines of £5,000 per item may be applied, and in serious cases imprisonment and manslaughter charges may result in the event of deaths caused by faulty systems.

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