Information For Landlords

From July 1st 2020 the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 places a  duty on landlords to maintain their property to the electrical safety standards and to have evidence of this. This means your property must meet the current standards of the Wiring Regulations and you must have a report that shows this.

If you are renting out a property in England that was entered into on or after the regulations came into force (1 June 2020), then from 1 July 2020 you will be required to have an electrical inspection and a report on the condition of the property (EICR) performed by a qualified person.

Electrical safety Group is able to liaise with your tenant to complete the test at a convenient time.

LED Lighting schemes schemes have been carried out at major commercial sites for some years in order to save energy and save money. Unfortunately it has not been possible until now to make the technology cost effective for small business premises and residential use.

Tell-tale signs of problems include:

  • Old, badly worn or broken switches and sockets
  • A burning or ‘marzipan’ smell from overheating wiring
  • Frayed, cut or damaged leads
  • Cracked or damaged cases on plugs or appliances
  • Burn marks on plugs, leads or appliances
  • Loose cord grips in plugs or appliances
  • Fuses in plugs that blow repeatedly indicate a problem – Never replace the fuse with one of a higher rating than recommended or some other conductive material as this may lead to overheating and a possible fire

Essential Safety Tips for landlords:

  • Make sure you know how to turn off the electricity supply and that you know where the fuse box is located
  • Don’t use shaver sockets or adapters to run appliances other than electric shavers
  • Never use any mains powered electrical appliance with wet hands
  • Never obstruct ventilation grills or cover an electric heater
  • Only supply appliances for use outdoors if they are protected by a residual current device (RCD)
  • Never run appliance leads or extension leads under carpets or rugs, through doorways or in other vulnerable locations and always fully unwind an extension lead before using it
  • Never place and use an electric heater close to furniture or fittings