Electrical safety

Landlords must ensure the electrical wiring and appliances in the property are safe and any electrical works are carried out by a registered electrician.

The Electrical Safety First website has advice and information for landlords and tenants.

Within an HMO the manager must:

  • ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years by a person qualified to undertake such inspection and testing;
  • obtain a certificate from the person conducting that test, specifying the results of the test; and
  • supply that certificate to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority.
  • not unreasonably cause the electricity supply that is used by any occupier within the HMO to be interrupted

Failure to do so is an offence for which the manager many be prosecuted or fined.

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