When it comes to the responsibility of electrical safety in a rented commercial property, in can be hard to trawl through all the information available and decipher whose responsibility it actually is!
Fixed Wire Testing in a Commercial Premises
Although the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 requires that the electrical equipment is safe at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy, this does not necessarily make the landlord responsible for fixed wire testing.
Fixed wire testing, also referred to as Electrical Installation Condition Survey, is the examination and testing of the circuits contained within the fabric of a building. This includes the socket outlets, lighting circuits and various other circuits. The frequency of fixed wire testing depends on the nature of the premises, for example, the recommended frequency of testing for a cinema or hotel, with a lot of electrical equipment and a high usage, would be every year, whereas for a school, the recommendation would be for testing to take place every 5 years.
To determine who is responsible for fixed wire testing in a commercial property, you will need to look carefully at the lease or tenancy agreement. The agreement should state whose responsibility it is and may split these areas out between tenant and landlord. In some instances, the landlord will take responsibility for any communal areas, such as hallways and entranceways, and the tenant will be responsible only for those that they specifically rent, like a specific office or room. This will vary from landlord to landlord and should ideally be discussed and agreed upon before signing a lease or tenancy agreement.
If you’re concerned about electrical safety in your commercial premises, are in need of advice or require a quotation for Fixed Wire Testing, then don’t hesitate to contact us on 0330 6600264.
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