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Electrical Safety and Landlord Responsibility

Are you putting your tenants in danger and running the risk of large fines?

We previously discussed landlords’ responsibilities when it comes to fire doors in their properties, and you should also consider your obligations with electricals and electric installations in the building. By ignoring or putting off your legal responsibilities you could be endangering your tenants’ lives and leaving yourself open to large fines and invalidated insurance. Here are some of the things that landlords are required by law to ensure:

  • That the electrical installation of the building is safe when tenants move in and is continually maintained for the duration of the tenancy
  • Multiple occupation houses are inspected every 5 years (if this is not applicable to your property, it is still recommended an inspection takes place, although it is not legally enforced)
  • Any electrical appliances provided for the property by you have the CE mark – confirming that they meet legal European standards
  • Carry out basic regular safety checks to make sure that installations and appliances are working correctly and are safe

On top of legal obligations, you may want to consider installing residual current devices (RCDs) to increase the safety of your tenants and stick to any safety guidelines written in the tenancy agreement. You can find more information on electrical safety regulations on the Residential Landlords Association website.