Are You A Landlord or Property Manager? Find Out the Importance of an Electrical Certificate of Compliance for Rental Properties
We all know that electricity is dangerous, and most will agree that you should never do your own electrical work. In short, DIY is a no-go zone.
And so too is choosing cheap, dodgy, and unlicensed trades! What might save you a few dollars in the short-term can cost you a lot in the long run.
If you’re planning electrical work or need repairs or services, you must ensure that you only engage a licensed, qualified, and Registered Electrical Contractor (REC).
This ensures that the work completed is not only done to the highest standard, but that it also meets strict regulatory requirements.
If you’re a landlord or property manager in particular, using an unlicensed electrician is a breach of the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and can lead to not only compromised safety, but also hefty fines, and it can also void any insurance policies.
Need a licensed and qualified electrician to help you keep your tenants safe and happy?
A Certificate of Compliance for electrical work essentially tells the customer that the electrical work undertaken complies with the appropriate state-specific standards and/or Australian regulations.
Only a licenced and qualified electrician is able to formally certify that all electrical work performed meets the standards set out by Australian and local regulatory bodies.
What is a Certificate of Compliance?
Your electrician, too, has an obligation: to provide an Electrical Certificate of Compliance in Victoria, where required, following electrical work for your tenants in your rental properties
Failure to do so can lead to a number of penalties for an electrician, including:
- Financial penalties such as a fine
- Loss of licence
- Damaged reputation
What’s Included in a Certificate of Compliance for Electrical Work?
A Certificate of Compliance for electrical work certifies that work undertaken meets safety standards and regulatory laws
- The electrician’s name, business name, and license number
- The name of the person who booked the electrician (the customer) and the location at which the work was performed (for example, your rental property’s address)
- Detailed information about the work performed
Your electrician will then date and sign the certificate, and issue you with a copy. In most cases, you will be able to request an online electrical certificate of compliance in order to keep a digital copy rather than a hard copy.
Your electrician must be able to provide you with a Certificate upon request. For recent electrical work, you can go back to your electrician to request one, and they have 30 days to provide it.
If you’d like to learn more about electrical testing and compliance for your rental properties in Melbourne, contact Prokop Electrical today.
Our licensed electricians are fully qualified to provide Certificates of Compliance for electrical work performed at your property.