In addition to the Landlord's Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 (and several other statutory regulations) requires that the electrical equipment be safe at the start of every tenancy and furthermore is maintained in a safe condition thereafter.
Consequently, if a landlord lets property they must ensure that the electrical system and all appliances supplied are safe. Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence.
These regulations are enforced by the Health & Safety Executive.
Unlike gas regulations, there is no statutory requirement for a Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate. Notwithstanding this, it is important to ensure that all electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and in good working order. Should any electrical fittings or appliances within a rental property cause harm to a tenant the landlord could be held liable.
At Goadsby we recommend that should a landlord have any concerns with regard the safety of wiring or any appliances to consult a qualified electrician.
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