Electrical Safety Certificates
The Electrical Safety Council have recently published a Landlord’s guide to Electrical Safety.
This guide has been designed to help landlords understand their responsibilities for ensuring electrical safety in their rental properties. Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that their rental property and any electrical equipment provided is safe, both before a new tenancy commences and throughout its duration ‘Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.’
It is imperative to understand that every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. Landlords must ensure that the electrical installation remains in a safe and serviceable condition.
Although it is not mandatory to have electrical equipment checked each year, failing to make sure that equipment, appliances, plugs, sockets and adaptors are safe is a criminal offence. It is recommended that testing is carried out at a minimum of every five years or at the end of each tenancy. Periodic checks by qualified and approved electricians are essential and their inspection will help:
- Discover if electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
- Identify a Faulty fuse box
- Ensure your electrical system complies with the current electrical regulations
- Identify potential electrical shock risks and hazards
- Find any defective electrical work
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.