Electrical safety for landlords

Electrical Safety For Landlords

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy there has been increased focus on the monitoring of electrical appliances. A consultation that started in February 2018 received almost 600 responses from a wide range of individuals and organisations including fire and rescue representatives, tenants, local authorities, electricians, landlords and local authorities.

While electrical safety checks are not currently a legal requirement in the private rental sector, the government responded with plans for mandatory five-year checks to be implemented ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’. There will also be a legal requirement to ensure that inspectors and testers used to carry out the checks are competent to do so.

As a landlord, under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, Section 11, you have a responsibility to ensure that all electrical installations and appliances provided within the property are safe when the tenancy begins and continue to be safe and in proper working order throughout the duration of the tenancy.

We are experienced NICEIC approved electrical contractors who provide all aspects of electrical work to the domestic, commercial, industrial and private sectors. We offer inspection and testing covering both Electrical Installation Condition Reports and PAT Testing.

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection of the electrical installations to identify any deficiencies within the safety of the property. The test will reveal if:

  • There is any potential for electric shock risks or fire hazards within the property
  • Writing and fixed electrical equipment is safe
  • There is any defective work within the property
  • There is any lack of earthing or bonding
  • Any of the electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded

The check should be carried out by an experienced engineer registered with the NICEIC building regulation scheme.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of portable electrical appliances. Whilst it is not currently a legal requirement for landlords, except in the case of HMOs, it is advisable to carry out PAT annually due to potential wear and tear on portable appliances. We would strongly recommend that it is done at the beginning of a new tenancy. Keeping a detailed record of the tests is a vital part of the check, noting when it was undertaken, and the results of the checks.

While all electrical work should be carried out by a fully trained and qualified professional, regular visual checks can help to ensure that your property is as safe as possible. Look out for multiple extensions leads plugged into one another and cables trailed under rugs or carpet and address these if needed. Also, check sockets, plugs, cables and light switches for any sign of smoke, burn marks, water damage or cracking. If you have any concerns at all call in a professional.

Our electricians are trained to ensure your peace of mind by ensuring all work is completed, tested and certified to the current and relevant regulations. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more or discuss your requirements. We’d be happy to help.