Electrical Safety


Electrical Safety

Electrical safety checks are an important part of residential lettings and often neglected by landlords.

Whilst there is currently no statutory requirement to have annual safety checks on electrical equipment as there is with gas, it is advisable to do so as you can still be liable if things go wrong.

In the case of commercial property and houses in multiple occupation there is a statutory duty for the responsible person (the property manager) to carry out annual Fire Safety Risk Assessments, which includes taking into account electrical safety.

Landlords must ensure they comply with these regulations and ensure that all electrical equipment supplied is safe.

If during the inspection of a rented dwelling, the Private Sector Housing officer identifies deficiencies in the electrical installation we will request the landlord provides an 'Electrical Installation Condition Report' (also known as an EICR). Electrical Installation Condition Reports, formerly known as Periodic Inspection Reports are also referred to as Fixed Wiring. They are important as they identify the condition (and so safety) of the dwelling installation. Information on what an EICR is, can be found on the Electrical Safety First website. An example of an EICR is also available online.

Other Electrical Safety Information

The Electrical Safety Council has produced a comprehensive booklet, 'landlords guide to electrical safety' this covers electrical safety issues which landlords need to be aware of. It covers fixed electrical installations, periodic inspections and portable appliance testing. It also covers fire alarms and emergency lighting and includes guidance on how to find an electrician.

The Council's Building Control team has also produced advice for anyone carrying out electrical work; certain electrical work will require you to make an application to Building Control.

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