Electrical Safety Certificate Costs?

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10:14 AM, 22nd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Electrical Safety Certificate Costs?

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Electrical Safety Certificate Costs?

I have properties in and around London and the Electrical Safety Certificate costs vary wildly.

None of the London properties has needed a certificate until now. I have had a quote for £340 for a 2-bed flat in London. I think that’s a bit steep compared to the £180 for a 3-bed home which is a 30min commute into London.

I appreciate ‘London prices’ but really – nearly double the cost?

I would be interested to know what others have paid or be pointed in the direction of fairer prices (if this is not the usual price).

Many thanks

JP



Comments

sam

14:38 PM, 22nd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by WP at 22/07/2020 - 12:46
Mind provide contact please?

JDO

18:54 PM, 22nd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

£50 for a 1 bed flat in Middlesbrough

Ray Davison

20:15 PM, 22nd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by JDO at 22/07/2020 - 18:54
When you get down to £50 you have to ask yourself 'Are they actually doing anything?'

Bill Cooper

20:30 PM, 22nd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Its not all about the price how ever I agree over £300 is excessive its the standard of the Job Ive been doing accomodation blocks today for landlords supply and on average they take me 3/4 hours to be fare a bit of running up and down stairs but not to many points to check. they consist of stair well lighting power sockets fire alarms door entry tv equipment and external lighting Ive seen people advertising as low as £30 for a house I belive around £160 to £180 + Vat for a 3 bed house is a fare price outside london Dont be fooled by cheap prices you will end up paying more in the end please check your contractor can do the job and use an approved contraractor IE Napit or NIEIC Ect and check there credentials on the govening bodys website that they are full scope approved not just domestic installers ultimitly as the landlord you will be responcible if anything happens

Appcon

21:51 PM, 22nd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

As an NICEIC electrical inspector of 16 years and a Landlord, I feel that should offer some advice.
The best way to find an Electrical inspector is to go to the Government website for approved competent person scheme for inspection and testing in the private rented sector. https://www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk
As not all Electricians are qualified or competent to conduct the reporting.
Even if they are registered with one of the governing bodies such as The NICEIC, NAPIT, ELECSA they may not be recognised by their scheme to conduct the reporting or have professional indemnity insurance.
More annoyingly is the landlord's responsibility to check their contractor qualifications, insurance and competency, if you don't then the landlord is liable.
If you use one from the above link them the checks have already been done by the approved competent person scheme.
The cost of an inspection is dependant on the size and complexity of the installation.
The NICEIC and Electrical safety first suggest that a correctly inspected property with one consumer unit and one to two bedrooms should take approximately
3 to 4 hours plus compiling the report 1/2 to 1 hour.
If we base it on those times and an hourly rate for your area (£45 for the South East, £60 Outter London -£70 For Inner London) + Parking charges
Then you should be paying Between £180 to £350.
British Gas local Heros suggest on their Website £225 to £300 for the Bromley
area.
Remember to ask if they are VAT registered.
Please don't use the websites that offer an inspection for £99 as they are not worth the paper they are printed on. Also, they overcharge for the remedial works and many are not qualified.
Which the consumer rights organisation has all written and artical regarding this subject. Addressing poor quality reporting, where the inspectors have written LIM
(limitations) on their report and have not recorded any readings.
I hope this helps.

Stephen Knowles

11:05 AM, 23rd July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

I have used these guys for years for gas certificates
https://www.landlord-certificates.co.uk/
They charge £99 for EICR for July
Within M25

JDO

8:17 AM, 25th July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Ray Davison at 22/07/2020 - 20:15
Ray, I have used the same electrician for 14 years. He has over 30 years experience and he agreed a price of £50 with me as I have 26 properties that need testing. He normally charges more than this. I have a written and signed 6 page report from him so he must have tested something!

Leonardo de Cristofano

9:55 AM, 25th July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Dipak Shah at 22/07/2020 - 14:21
Try PAT Central Ltd for EICR etc. Have used them before and their reasonable and reliable .

Ian Morgan

12:00 PM, 25th July 2020
About 2 weeks ago

My agent in Cardiff sent a blanket email out offering at £75 plus VAT. I do my own, 8 bed HMO, it took best part of a day what with finding some faults and correcting them. I don't see how these firms can only charge this and do the job properly.
Perhaps they are lining people up for the fault fixing, ££££. A model I wouldn't choose or sell!

philip allen

12:27 PM, 26th July 2020
About A week ago

I have properties in NW London. My 2 bed flats each cost £99 through Landlord Certificates. Check them out online. Their service is first class and the price is unbeatable. No, I don't work with them, I just refuse to watch other landlords being ripped off as I have been in the past.

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