is a metal consumer unit required for certificate?

I own a rented property. The property has a plastic consumer unit 3 years old by the front door. Do I have to replace it with a metal one to obtain an electrical certificate for the 18th edition law legislation

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10th Jul 2020
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Hi, I'm Mark at Total Re-wires.

No, you wouldn't be required to replace this. The regulations aren't retrospective and any electrician who tells you that it would need replacing in my opinion is just trying to create work for themselves.

The paperwork you would need for a rented property is an Electrical Installation Condition Report, or EICR. This is a report on the condition of an existing property and is different from the certificate issued when new work is carried out. The EICR will state that the installation is either safe or unsafe for continued use and is valid for 5 years. Again, if any electrician tells you that a 3 year old consumer unit is unsafe because it's plastic, then I would personally think that they're trying to create work for themselves.

Hope that helps.

Regards, Mark at Total Re-Wires.
13th Jul 2020
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No as it was already installed before reg change. It will go down on the cert as an advisory.
17th Jul 2020
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I hear this question a lot, In all honesty it depends on who does the testing, a reasonable electrician will not fail your installation for this. It is in my view that when installed the consumer unit you currently have was installed to the regulations at the time, and it should be coded as improvement recommended. If everything else is in safe working order within the property, they have no right to fail your installation for a plastic consumer unit.

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James.
22nd Jul 2020
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