Ampthill Electrical Services

Landlord Services

Unlike gas regulations, there is no law that says you must have a landlord electrical safety certificate. However, Landlords are obliged to ensure that all electrical appliances and fittings within a rental property are safe and in good working order. Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and may result in:

  • £5,000 fine per non compliant item
  • Six months imprisonment
  • The Tenant suing for civil damages
  • Manslaughter charges in the event of death

These regulations are enforced by the Health & Safety Executive. So, to avoid legal penalties, we recommend that our landlords in Bedfordshire have periodic checks done by a qualified electrician like Chris.

Electrical Safety Regulations

Legally, Landlords have an obligation to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe. (Under the Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets etc. Safety Regulations 1994.) These rules come under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. It is a requirement that for certain types of electrical work in dwellings, plus garages, sheds, greenhouses and outbuildings to comply with these standards. Only an approved electrician may carry out the work.

Staying Legal – Staying Safe.

If your rental property is an HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) you are required by law to provide yearly PAT (portable appliance testing) certificates for all appliances. But the PAT rules don’t stop there…

  • Any second hand equipment MUST have be PAT tested by law.
  • Appliances being serviced or repaired MUST be PAT tested and must carry the requisite sticker.
  • Upgrading to 17th edition RCD’s (residual current device) to replace older style fuse boards can be done quite cheaply (certainly less than a court case) and will provide electrical shock protection. Usually within hundredths of a second.

Landlords must be aware that you are not allowed to do ANY DIY electrical work in kitchens or bathrooms yourself. Other areas within the rental property are also strictly controlled by building regulations and the law. If you do carry out DIY electrical jobs yourself, and an accident occurs, your insurance will be invalidated.

Landlord Checklist

  • Ensure that all fuses are of the correct type and rating.
  • Make sure appliances supplied are complete and in working order – keep purchase receipts.
  • Ensure that flexes are in good order and properly attached to appliances and plugs.
  • Ensure that earth tags are in place.
  • Make a note of all fuse ratings on the inventory.
  • Ensure that plugs are of an approved type with sleeved live and neutral pins.
  • Ensure that plugs and sockets conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A for heavy duty uses.
  • Pay particular attention to second hand equipment – always have these items checked.
  • Ensure that operating instructions and safety warning notices are supplied with the appliances.
  • Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch.