Keeping up with all of the rules and regulations is a potential minefield for any landlord. When it involves potentially dangerous electricity, this issue can become even more difficult. After all, it is the Landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the electrical installation and wiring is maintained, not the tenants …
Electrical Safety Testing For Landlords
Most properties that are rented out fully furnished contain both fixed wire (a boiler for example) and portable appliances (anything with a plug like a kettle, washing machine or toaster). Ensuring that these do not cause damage to the property or endanger any tenants’ health and wellbeing is definitely a moral responsibility.
“Ensuring the safety of electrical items you provide in a property is the landlords responsibility both socially and legally.”
The length of time between tests is variable, but regular testing allows you to minimise risks. This is worth doing at least on the change of occupancy and in line with guidelines. In the end, why invest in property and not maintain it and its high value?
However, there are some landlords who really only care about the monthly rent. I’ve been in rental properties which should be considered a health hazard, not only for electrical safety but general health concerns.
And then there are the others. Although the standards are met by the landlord, there are times when you wish that the tenant would also take some responsibility! After all, is it too difficult to clean up after themselves when they have been cooking? I do wonder if I should ensure that I’m wearing a paper onesie so I can throw it away afterwards!Over the years, I have worked in properties with a good landlord who ensures that not only do they meet the current standards, but exceed them.
Students are probably the worst. A few years ago, I was working in a number of student properties, I went into the kitchen and saw what I thought was rice, scattered all over the counter. Oh heck! How wrong was I? That rice was moving! Needless to say, I left and informed the landlord that unless the property had an immediate deep clean, I wasn’t going to return to do any testing!
I did return a few days later, after a great deal of assurances from the landlord, but my kit bag now contained a roll of cling film – to protect my machine – and antiseptic wipes to protect me and clean my stuff afterwards!
I always wonder why a tenant never ensures that a property is in a reasonably good clean state when we are coming? After all, they should have been given notice that we are intending to visit to carry out the testing. I have had to step over dirty clothes and underwear left on the floor just to get to test the bedside table lamp.
I started in the kitchen – nice and dirty as per usual – then the lounge and then I moved to the bedrooms. I completed the first one and on opening the door to the second bedroom, I still don’t know who was more shocked – me or the couple who were enjoying themselves! I shut the door, apologised and waited for them to appear from the room then completed my testing! I couldn’t stop smirking all afternoon.For me, the most eventful day of testing landlord properties was a few years ago, I was given the master key and on arrival at the property I knocked the door. No answer. So I let myself in and, on entering, I called out in case there was someone there and they didn’t hear me knock.
Until next time …Are you a landlord who needs the fixed wire and portable appliances testing in your properties? Call me on 0330 6600264 as I’d love to help, but please … ask your tenants to clean up a little before I visit!