Research from the Electrical Safety Council has found that misunderstandings between landlords and tenants over responsibilities for safety are exposing many people to life-threatening electrical dangers.
There are serious consequences for landlords who are found to be negligent over electrical safety, including fines or even imprisonment.
Our guidance for landlords outlines the simple steps you can take to ensure the electrical safety of your properties.
Landlords are responsible for making sure the electrical installation is safe in a property
This responsibility applies at the start of a tenancy, and continues throughout the duration of that tenancy. From 1st July 2020, electrical safety certificates (EICR’s) are mandatory for all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020, and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2021. You can read more here.
Have a regular periodic inspection and test carried out on the property
If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you have a legal obligation to have a periodic inspection carried out on your property every five years.
Make sure that your property has adequate RCD protection
Since 2008 the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671, has called for almost all electrical circuits installed in homes to be RCD protected. An RCD is a life-saving device which protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires.
Use a registered electrician for any work on your property
By choosing a registered electrician, you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the work is being done to the UK National Standard, BS 7671.
Carry out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) on appliances provided as part of the rental agreement
As a landlord you are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that the appliances you provide are safe. Portable Appliance Testing is one way of doing this and it should be carried out before every new tenancy.