When you are a landlord you have a duty to make sure that the property you rent out is safe and equipped with all the necessary electricals. This is not only a moral duty but a legal duty, as it is against the law for a let property to be without such things as fire alarms and emergency lighting. Landlords can use an electrician to carry our property assessments on all of their electrical appliances and fittings and to do any work that is required.
Students and professionals alike will be looking out for any faults with the electrical because they will be unwilling to pay for any repairs or labour which is needed in the house that they rent. Many people have successfully claimed compensation in court for rent that they have paid on a property which has not been electrically sound. They can also refuse to pay their rent from the offset if fire alarms have not been fitted or other safety features are missing.
So you can see that it is essential for any landlord to use an electrician in their properties if they want to avoid any negative feedback from their tenants. You should use a local electrician so that they can carry out emergency repairs quickly. Often you will be able to enter a service contract with an electrician so that you promise them all of the work in your properties and they give you cheaper rates. You can do a quick search using the term electrician and your locations such as Bradford, Leeds or Manchester and ring around the list you are presented with to find the electrician you want to work with. Once you have found your electrician they will inspect your properties, detail any initial work which is required and then draw up an ongoing landlord’s service contract.
Just make sure that you do not sacrifice quality and safety for cost. Most landlords get big margins on their rent so you can afford to hire a qualified electrician who charges proper rates rather than a friend-of-a-friend who learnt hasn’t quite got to grips with his trade yet. Look out for the badge that says your electrician is approved by the NICEIC or the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. You will need to be able to provide your tenants with a certificate which proves that your property has been checked by a qualified and professional electrician and that it is safe for habitation, and you can only get these from good electricians.