There is no statutory requirement to have rented property formally inspected for electrical safety at set periods but a landlord is required to provide a dwelling that is safe…
The electrical safety laws affecting landlords letting property include:
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
The Plugs and Sockets (Safety) Regulations 1994
The Consumer Protection Act 1987
The Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations 1994
The General Product Safety Regulations 1994
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (this Act inflicts an implied liability on letting agents and those who gain from self employment, as is the case with most landlords)
- Check that all appliance manuals, instructions, safety notices and labels are available so that copies can be issued to tenants.
- Have a qualified electrician check that all appliances are safely wired and operate properly.
- Do not buy second-hand electrical goods unless you can prove they are safe and have the appropriate instructions.
- Check that appliances have no damaged, worn or loose cables and that plugs are securely fitted and properly fused.
- Check that plugs and sockets conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A.
- Make certain that appropriate appliances are earthed.
- Have a qualified electrician inspect the property wiring (power and lighting), earthing, sockets, switches and fusing system, to ensure they meet current regulations and operate properly.
- Remember to inspect all areas of the property, including any attic or loft space, garage, outbuilding, shed and garden, and any appliances in then.