The electrical installation in a rented property must be safe when new tenants move in and it must be maintained in a safe condition throughout the duration of the tenancy with landlords failing to do so facing possible fines of up to £30.000 and banning orders.
HMO's, House in Multiple Occupation has to have a electrical installation condition report (EICR) carried out on the property every five years. This will highlight any deteriation of the fixed wiring and accessories or any faulty or dangerous parts to the electrical instalation
It is now a requirement that you carry out an EICR and you must make sure that the test is carried out by a registered electrician like Wycombe Electrical Ltd on your rental properties at least every five years to ensure safety compliance and also to protect you as the landlord from any future litigation.
You must ensure that any appliance provided within the property is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law). if it doesn't then you are taking risks that are simply not worth taking.
This basically means that all landlords are now required by law to do what good landlords have already been doing: make sure the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe. Our electricians carry out EICRs for a number of local estate agents so are very skilled and thorough.
We can also carry out your annual checks on fire protection systems and emergency lighting.
In order to meet these requirements you, as landlord will need tocarry out regular basic safety checks on your rental property to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working and within current regulations.
We recommend the following
Landlord electrical safety certificates
Carrying out regular PAT testing on the electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement