Verification & Certification of a Smart Switch Install

Hi, I'm a tenant and can only have smart switches installed in the property I'm renting if:
1. The install is made by a professional with a certificate that would be used for insurance purposes
2. The switches are removed after the tenancy with another certificate that everything is back to the initial condition.

Costs are totally prohibitive for an installation that will be temporary in nature like this.

What I would like to have answered instead would be if it is possible to make all the installs myself, go through the pain and time waste of ensuring everything works and only pay for the labor of having a qualified electrician come to check and certify that the install was made to the best UK standards.

(Then, the same in reverse to verify and certify the removal and reinstall of the initial switches.

Many thanks for your help!

Asked by Matthieu on 20th Feb 2023
Expert Trade Answers
Yes this ok for this particular type of installation as long as you get a NICEIC registered electrician to Test Inspect and Certificate to BS7671 IEE/18th edition wiring regulations afterwards. Please contact me if you are local and I can do this for you.

Answered on 20th Feb 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"You Dont need an Niceic or whatever to certify. Most NEICEIC or whatever are not time served. By all means get a proper electrician in .It is not certifiable unless you change cablevor protective device and the load is in line with existing installation. Its like changing on off switch to a switchable dimmer and asking for certification Nonsense. Certification is not required by BS 7671 for switches etc. The components are installed with their own compliance certification by manufacturer."
Answered on 20th Feb 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
""The easiest and safest way to install mains powered external lighting is to call a qualified electrician who is a member of a competent person scheme. Ask them to quote for the work you require & instruct them to complete the work if you’re happy with their quote"
Answered on 6th Apr 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"By the low you can do work by your self and get certified by professional registered electrician. But for life safety, fire protection and insurance purposes I would not advise you to do by your self. Smart get very hot same time on the back which can be a source of the fire if is wrongly installed"
Answered on 27th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"You can do that but I recommend you don't. Insurances and liability would be questionable during the installation and after. Saying that, if you can prove that you are a competent installer, have a certified and willing electrician that will produce an eirc report before/after the install and removal process, have landlord permission in writing and the go ahead from the insurers of buildings and contents, of the property, you could proceed if you wish."
Answered on 24th Jun 2023 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
"Hi. Replacing outlets is one of the jobs which is acceptable to be done by a non-qualified person, just please make sure that you are switching off and test that the circuits are dead. I, personally, I do not recommend it and I insist to employ a qualified or at least a competent and experienced person. Regarding the certification if you need an Electrical Certificate you can replace the switches and than employ an electrician to come and do an EICR for you for your existing installation."
Answered on 27th Feb 2023 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
"Yes anyone can do remedial electrical work but it is recommended that a qualified competent person does it to insure its done correctly. There is no point taking risks or chances when it comes to electricity as the consequences of a disaster can fatal."
Answered on 20th Jun 2023 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
"Smart switches are usually low voltage which you cant live test as its below 230V..... however the only time you would need to get a spark to give you certification is when replacing back to the previous installation. Minor works would be required for the circuit worked on if no extra switches / lights or circuits are added"
Answered on 23rd Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"Difficult to say depends how many there are and if they weren’t installed correctly there might be remedial work required.
You haven’t said how many switches and how they are to be installed, i.e. 2 wire, 3 wire ( requires neutral)
But as a guide I would charge a minimum of £65 then £30 per hour for any corrective work required"
Answered on 20th Feb 2023 - Member since Aug 2017 - report
"I don't know any qualified Electricians that would do that I'm afraid. If thats something you want you would have to get a written order from the landlord and someone to install and test it."
Answered on 18th May 2023 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
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