Monday, 7 April 2014
Landlords - keeping your tennants safe and you out of court
As a owner of a Rental Property are you exposing yourself to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations.
Are your private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire.
do you know your obligations for electrical safety in rental properties?
Your responsibilities as a landlord
Landlords are required by law to ensure:
•That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
•That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years.
If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
•That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.
•Making sure that your property has adequate RCD protection
•Using a local registered electrician for any work on your property
•Carrying out regular safety checks on the electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement
•Downloading the ESC's 'Home Electrical Safety Check' smartphone app
Need a safety review?