Renting to the council can involve what seems like an endless list of tasks to get everything in order. One thing that doesn’t have to be complicated is electrical safety tests. We have put the steps together here. We offer a 3 hour one visit full cover package to have your property meeting council requirements. Citizen’s information have a good article on all of the requirements beyond electrical.
STEP 1 – WHAT CHECKS ARE NEEDED?
They will require this test to be conducted on any of the electrical appliances you will be supplying with the house. These will include appliances such as cookers, dishwashers, lamps. This is a safety test of portable appliances that makes sure they are safe to use.
This is required so they can see the overall quality of the electrical work in the home. The wiring, outlets, light fittings, fuse-boards and several other electrical elements will be checked to make sure they are of good quality.
STEP 2 – WILL I PASS THESE INSPECTIONS?
If your house was wired by a registered electrician in the past 10 years and it has been checked within the last 5 years there is a high change you will pass the periodic test without much work after the inspection.
If you do not know when it was wired and have never had it checked, Don’t Worry! This is exactly what a periodic inspection is for it checks all the wiring so then you will know all of this.
STEP 3 – HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Taking a 2 bedroom house as an example, a periodic inspection and pat test will take 2-3 hours. You would not have to be present for the whole time so you can continue on with your day while it is being done. If the property is very old and access to fuse-boards may be restricted testing would take an extra hour or two.
2-3 Standard Bedroom House – A periodic inspection and pat test will take 2-3 hours. You would not have to be present for the whole time so you can continue on with your day while it is being done and we will have your reports ready upon completion.
Older Home Or Large Property- If the property is old and access to fuse-boards may be restricted testing would take an extra hour or two. If the home is 5-6 bedrooms then testing will take an additional 2 hours for the periodic inspection to be completed.
STEP 4 – YOUR OWN SPECIALIST ELECTRICAL SAFETY TEAM
The Pat Group could be your new in-house electrical safety team to help you with renting to the council. We handle all of the above steps for you, letting you get on with business knowing your house and business will be safe.
You might be wondering but why would I choose The Pat Group? There are many reasons and the one that might speak quickest is the cost savings our clients made when they switched to us. On average our clients save 34% with us over their previous provider. We can offer this value as we are specialised in electrical safety and offer all of the services you will need to comply with the safety regulations for electrics.
Beyond cost, you will get the comfort that your house is always safe. Our specialised electrical safety team are trained to the highest standards. The reason our staff are so well trained is that our head electrician is one of Ireland’s leading lecturers on electrical engineering. Feilim Mac Criosta has trained over 600 electricians in his 20 years of teaching and oversees all of our services and projects.
Get in touch with us today to find out more, about renting to the council, about us or our services. We would be happy to answer any questions you have on any electrical safety issues even if you are not a client.