Landlords have a legally enforceable duty of care to ensure that the wiring and all appliances provided are safe under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
While it is not compulsory, we strongly advise having an Electrical Safety Test called a Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a registered electrician. It is valid for 5 – 10 years. We also advise having a Portable Appliance Test which is valid for 1-2 years. Note this is compulsory for Houses in Multiple Occupation
The Housing Act 2004 introduced a major change to the way privately rented homes are assessed called the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Many landlord insurance policies will only pay out on electrical appliance claims and related accidents if an Electrical Safety test has been done.
Where a property is newly built or renovated with electrical re-wiring an Electrical Installation Certificate will be obtainable from the contractor/builder. A Periodic Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the National Standard, for the safety of electrical installations.
The Inspection should:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits in appliances are overloaded
- Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation
- Identify any defective electrical work
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding and work that does not meet the National Standard
- The electrician will score recommendations with a Code 1 – 4 with 1 & 2 being serious and urgently requiring remedial work.
- Code 1 – Where a real and immediate danger is observed that puts the safety of those using the installation at risk.
- Code 2 – Indicates electrical work is required to remove potential danger.