would be in serious trouble if they used a TRADESMAN
without the relevant qualifications!
should be aware that from 1st April 2009 gas
safety checks must be carried out by Gas
Engineers who are registered as part of the new
GAS SAFE REGISTER. This is the new UK regulatory
body that replaces CORGI.
Any certificates issued prior to this date are still
valid but when renewal is due Landlords must use Gas
Engineers with the correct accreditation or they,
the Landlord, face prosecution if anything goes wrong.
safety certificates are not yet mandatory
however, the following statutory instruments DO
make electrical safety inspections
and certificates necessary:
and Tenant act 1985
- states the landlord must "keep in repair
and proper working order the installations in the
dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and
electricity. The landlord cannot make the tenant
responsible for these repairs"
act 2004 - incorporates the Housing, Health
and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). See sections 23
(electrical hazards) and 24 (Fire)
electrical work, not including minor works, that is
notifiable under part P of the building regulations
must either: Be notified to the building control department
of the relevant local authority, in advance of carrying
out the work or be carried out by a contractor that
is registered with one of the Government-approved
The following schemes are approved by the Government:
NICEIC Group Ltd
testing of electrical appliances are a different matter
and although the engineers must also hold various
qualifications and preferably belong to a reputable
company with a proven track record the rules are less
wants to employ cowboy builders. If you need a Building
Contractor it is always wise to check that the Company
or individual are members of Regulatory Bodies or
Trade Associations as they have a code of practice
and will take disciplinary action if the code is broken.
check references and where possible check out the
quality and standards of work by asking to view previously
completed jobs and speak to the people who had it
done. They will tell you all about how the experience
was for them and give you an insight of what to expect.
As a Property Investors Directory we aim to list as
many business’ as possible but in this section
it would be almost impossible to list every small
contractor in existence, so we have decided (for now)
to concentrate on listing web sites that help you
find a local Tradesman to you, national contractors
and UK regulatory bodies in order to provide access
to as many QUALIFIED TRADESMEN as possible.
you know of a National Contractor that we have not
featured please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
with as much detail as you have and tell us about
your experience with them and we will get them on