You may also face legal action if an accident occurs and a tenant is injured due to an electrical fault. The best defence against such legal action is to show that you’ve been diligent in your legal duty of care through regular testing of the electrical systems in the property and that these tests were carried out by a qualified electrician.
Therefore rental property electrical inspection and testing should be considered essential to ensure that rental properties remain safe.
We offer a service tailor made to suit Landlords and Letting agents. Our price structure is competitive in order that your transactions are not compromised with a standard periodic test costing between £115 and £199.
Reports will be completed within 24 hours and the report issued immediately.
No-obligation quotations for any works required will also be produced.
Also, if you’re an estate agent or letting agent, we’re happy to liaise directly with your landlord/client if this makes life easier for you.
Landlords – your electrical safety obligations
Boss Electrical Services has found that landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations.
Landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire. We have clarified your obligations for electrical safety in rental properties and provide a range of resources to help you keep your tenants safe.
Your responsibilities as a landlord
Landlords are required by law to ensure:
- That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
- That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years.
- If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
- That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
- To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.
Boss Electrical Services recommends …
- That a visual inspection of the property is conducted between tenancies
- Making sure that your property has adequate RCD protection
- Using a registered electrician for any work on your property
- Carrying out regular safety checks on the electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement