Electrical safety checklist for landlords


Electrical safety for landlords - checklist

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  Make sure your rental property has a periodic electrical inspection and test at least every five years carried out by a qualified and competent electrical inspector. The document used for this is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is a legal requirement in Scotland and will be in England from the 1st July 2020 for new tenancies and from the 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies. This will check for wear and tear, damage or other issues:
  • The wiring is earthed and bonded properly, and
  • Remove covers to inspect connections and conductors for signs of damage, and
  • Test the circuits to identify defects and faults.
  Carry out any changes an electrician suggests on the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) to protect your tenants from electrical dangers. As a landlord it is your responsibility to ensure any works have been carried out. Any items coded C1, C2 or F1 on your EICR must be remedied. Always use a qualified and competent electrician to undertake an remedial work. You can find a list of Registered, Competent electricians here.
Using an electrical inspector registered with a Competent Person Scheme such as NAPIT, ensures you meet the requirement of using someone competent and qualified to undertake the electrical inspection and test of your electrical installation. You can find a list of local registered electrical inspectors here
  Make sure your fuse box (called the ‘consumer unit’) is fitted correctly and not damaged. Also make sure it is not obstructed with flammable things like paint, newspapers or cleaning fluids.
  Regularly check there is an RCD (Residual Current Device) and it is working - six monthly checks are recommended.
  Ensure cables aren’t passing through doors/window openings.
  Check socket outlets are not overloaded.
Before plugging in leads/cables check for signs of damage like cracks and splits.
Make sure appliances aren’t subject to a recall.
Check relevant covers are in place and undamaged on appliances so shock or fire risk is reduced.
Make sure a smoke alarm is fitted, working and the alarm sounds when tested.
When solid fuel burning appliances are installed, you are legally required to fit a carbon monoxide alarm just in case any leaks occur so the tenant is warned.
Keep a copy of ALL Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), Electrical Installation Certificates (EIC) and Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificates (MEIWC).
For any electrical appliances supplied for use by the tenant, retain and issue instructions to the tenants.
Retain guarantees so you have evidence the property is safe.
Carry out annual visual inspections of the electrical installation in your rented property. This is a good example of the type of visual inspection and guidance you should do.
For more information about The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, please click here.


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