Electrical safety obligations for a landlord

Landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks from fines and invalidated insurance, by not maintaining their electrical safety obligations.

Landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire.

We have clarified your obligations for electrical safety in rental properties.

Landlord responsibilities that are required by law to ensure:

• That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
• That a house with multiple occupants has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years or whenever the tenancy ends. Whichever ends sooner.
• If your property has not got multiple occupants, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
• That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).

To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.

Livewire Electrical recommends

• Making sure that your property has adequate RCD protection.
• Using a registered electrician for any work on your property.
• Carrying out regular safety checks (PAT testing) on the electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement annually.
• Complete a full (EICR) Electrical Installation Condition Report for comprehensive test and inspection of the properties electrics listing any failures – every five years or whenever the tenancy ends. Whichever ends sooner. At Livewire Electrical we charge £150.

If you would like any advice or to discuss your requirements on a face-to-face basis and design a FREE electrical quotation to suit your present and future needs contact us on the details below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Nathan Lane
Livewire Electrical Design & Installation Ltd

07899 946079
01242 300400

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