We published Part 1 of our guide to Fire Safety for Landlords last week, which covered smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. You can read it by following this link right here!
To continue the 4 part series, this part covers electrical safety checks and regulations which landlords need to be aware of.
As a landlord, you must ensure that the property you let out is safe. This means that you need to certify a number of things about your property to make sure that you uphold your legal responsibilities.
At the beginning of a tenancy, you need to check that the electrics are safe and are kept in a safe condition throughout the tenancy, including the electrical circuits, switches, sockets and light fittings. Every so often it’s advised that you conduct a property inspection to check that there are no signs of damage, such as cracks, burn marks or frayed leads.
The best way to be sure is to have work conducted by a qualified electrician. All Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) must have their electrics inspected by a professional every five years. For ordinary rental properties, you are not legally required to do so, but it may still be a good idea to help you keep your tenants safe and your property in a good condition.
You also need to make sure that any electrical appliances you provide are safe. Only buy appliances with a CE marking, which shows it meets EU safety requirements. It’s also recommends that you have your appliances PAT tested every year by a registered electrician. Although you are not legally obliged to do so, you are legally required to ensure that your electrical equipment is safe, so that you can provide proof of responsibility should something go wrong.
Also, check that your fuse box has RCD protection; this means its design will protect against electric shocks and reduce the risk of an electrical fire breaking out.