As a landlord (in England and Wales) you are legally required to ensure that the electrical installation in the properties you let out are safe when your tenants move in and throughout their tenancy and that any appliance you provide is safe and has the CE mark to state it complies with the requirements of European Law. Most fires in UK homes are caused by home appliances, where they are misused, have faulty plugs or wiring or the appliance is at fault.
Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety – HMO’s
In Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) it is a legal requirement to carry out a Periodic Inspection and Testing (most commonly known as Fixed Wire Inspections) every 5 years, for normal tenancies there is no time stipulation and you are not legally obliged to carry out the Inspection every 5 years, however please remember you still have a duty to ensure the electrical installation remains safe.
- That a visual inspection of the property is conducted between tenancies
- Making sure that your property has adequate RCD protection
- Using a registered electrician for any work on your property
- Carrying out regular safety checks on the electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement
You can find a handy PDF download from Electrical Safety First, click here to get the Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety.
Electrical Safety Services for Landlords
We can provide both Fixed Wire and Portable Appliance Tests (PAT Testing) and once you are a registered client we will add you to our database and remind you when each property is due for their scheduled inspections. Obviously, we won’t know when a tenancy comes to an end, should the property require a PAT Test in between tenants we can help with that too. On completion of the testing you will be issued with your safety certificate and reports, which outline details on each individual item.
If you have any queries regarding Landlord obligations and electrical safety, you can call us on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected]
Until next time… stay safe!