Are you looking for a registered professional in Ayrshire to provide you with an EICR certificate?
At Energy Certificate Scotland our team of trusted & professional electricians are on hand to provide EICR’s to landlords in Ayrshire, Scotland. We understand that getting a suitable tenant into your property can be a time consuming, and stressful process. At ECS, we make the procedure seamless. Our work is carried out quickly and efficiently, and at an affordable price!
If you’re a landlord in Ayrshire and need a hand with your property’s electrical safety, get in touch with us today for a free quote.
EICR Certificates Ayrshire
We specialise in providing Ayrshire landlords with electrical safety certificates – ensuring them that their property meets the necessary safety requirements. As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that everything is up to standard when it comes to safety in your property, and this especially includes your electricals.
Our process involves an in-depth inspection of all electrical systems within your property, to ensure that they are safe. This also allows us to identify any potential issues, and what they could lead to if not dealt with. To put it simply, if there is any chance that your property could be at risk from electrical equipment, our inspection will discover these problems!
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Energy Certificates Scotland Ltd.
Who are we?
ECS as a company is driven by our team of specialists who have broad experience in offering EICR certificates throughout the property industry.
Throughout our time in the industry, we have been engaged in countless cases in residential development and properties. In our 25 years, we have witnessed new legislation and industry wide norms that we have adapted to and embraced as professionals in the field of energy safety. Our team have really seen it all.
ECS’s gas safe registered engineers have gone through years of hands-on training that allows them to approach every job with efficiency. Put together with their expert knowledge, our services are focused on customer care that fundamentally makes your life easier as a landlord in 2021.
Why Choose Us?
Our glowing feedback from previous clients are solid indicators of our excellent service quality. Driven by two and half decades of experience, we know exactly what we are doing. Letting agencies and private landlords who come to us and trust us time and time again can vouch for that.
In Scotland’s property sector, our reputation precedes us, and helps us attract new clients who are then won over by our professionalism and attentiveness.
Both verbally and digitally, we receive referrals in need of an EICR landlord certificate, attracted to our fair pricing and quick turnaround process. We aim to provide you with your EICR certificate the same day of your assessment, sending it over to you electronically so you have it to hand right away.
As well as an EICR, we can put together a customised package that caters to your property’s other energy safety needs. We can arrange this through discussing your situation.
Locations We Cover
Energy Certificate Scotland Ltd. are primarily active throughout central Scotland in the United Kingdom – namely, in Ayrshire.
EICR Certificates in Ayrshire
Energy Certificates Scotland Ltd
If you are a landlord located within North, South, or East Ayrshire, the team at ECS can produce an updated EICR certificate for your property.
To do this, we will come out to your property, carry out an assessment, and then write up the official certificate and send it over as soon as possible.
Our team members have collaborated with dozens of landlords across Ayrshire, in towns like Prestwick and Ayr, to make sure they are covered legally.
We follow stringent COVID-19 precautions based on the most current updated government guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions about EICR Certificates
Here are some key insights into the topic of EICR Certificates.
Do I need an EICR Report?
The rules have changed relatively recently, so even if you didn’t need a report in the past, from July 1st 2020 you will now be legally obliged to have a report for any property that you rent out. This is also the case if you own a business, and a report must be made of your building.
Although there is no legal requirement to have a report done if you own the home you live in, it is still recommended that you get one done once every ten years as a minimum – as lots of fires start thanks to faulty electrics in the home.
How long will my certificate be valid for?
An EICR certificate will be valid for five years after it was issued. Despite this however, it is always recommended that you have a new certificate issued for the start of each tenancy, as it can give both you and your tenants the peace of mind that the property is as safe as possible.
How much will the report cost?
The costs of the report will vary depending on the kind of property you’re living in. For example, a studio flat will have a lower cost than a detached property. The best thing to do is to contact us and give us some details about your property, and we will then be able to put together a price for you.
Can anyone issue an EICR certificate?
In order for an EICR certificate to be legal, the inspection must have been carried out by a qualified electrician who has undertaken the appropriate training courses to arm them with the knowledge they need.
Simply being a qualified electrician is not enough, but you can be sure that each and every member of our team will have the qualifications needed. If you do hold the correct qualifications, you are also able to issue certificates for properties that you own yourself.
What will be checked during the inspection?
The inspection is very thorough and will seek to identify any issues with a building’s electrics that might go on to cause a serious problem with regards to safety in the future. All wiring and equipment will be checked visually as well as physically, and this will include things like cables, distribution boards, switches and sockets. To put it simply, if there is something in your property that has anything to do with electricity, it will be tested during this inspection.
What is the process of an inspection?
In order to be sure that your property satisfies all regulations and should be given a certificate, there are four stages that will take place during your inspection. These are:
- Visual inspection: This is where the property will be inspected at face value, to see if there is anything that is obviously wrong about anything that could cause a problem.
- Dead testing: This part of the test will test your electric connectors to ensure that the connections are sound, and that the insulation is working as it should. The insulation should be in place to prevent system shocks, so it is particularly important that it is intact.
- Live testing: Here, the engineer is testing what would happen if there was a major problem with any part of your system. Ideally, your system would shut down quickly to avoid any further damage, and this test will work out whether your system is able to perform in this way.
- RCD testing: This is where your residual-current devices are tested. These are in place for the purpose of preventing fires, so this is a very important stage in the process if you’re renting out your property.
Will I be without power during the inspection?
You will have power for some of the time, but there will need to be times where it is switched off. Therefore, you should take all appropriate measures to make sure that everything is safe and secure and avoid opening your fridge and freezer while there is no power to it.
How long can I expect the test to take?
Again, this will depend on the size of your property, and exactly how much there is to inspect. A small apartment might take as little as one hour, but you could be looking at something closer to four hours if you live in a larger property.
Can a ‘fail’ be awarded after the inspection?
Unfortunately, yes. A property can fail the inspection and will then need to repair or replace parts as recommended before a further inspection takes place. You will not be able to begin a new tenancy until you have the certificate in place.
What am I legally obliged to do with my certificate?
When your new tenants move into your property, they must be given a copy of the most up to date inspection certificate. In addition to this, if you have a new certificate issued while the tenants remain at the property, you must give them a copy of the report within 28 days of the inspection taking place.
What happens if something is wrong?
If there is work that needs to be done, this will be detailed in the report that you are given after the inspection. Once you’re told what needs to be changed, you have 28 days to get this work done and ensure that your property then meets all required standards.
If you feel that some of the demands made in the report are unfair, you can report this to your local authority, who must then respond within 7 days. The 28 day period in which you should complete work is suspended if you are waiting for a decision from the local authority.
Sometimes, landlords refuse to get work done, and if the local authority decide that they’re in breach of regulations, they can work with the tenants to get work done and then send the bill directly to the landlord – so it is always best to be proactive in dealing with any issues that you might have.
What are the benefits of an up-to-date EICR certificate?
Other than the obvious legal requirements to have such a certificate, there are other benefits, too. For example, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your tenants are taken care of and that they will be safe while in your property.
In addition, you are likely to save money in the long term by dealing with any issues before they become a big problem. To put it simply – if you’re a landlord, it is essential that you keep your certificates up to date.