Periodic Inspection in Rental Properties
Punton Electrics has found that landlords across the New Forest are exposed to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations. With that in mind we’ve put together some further information on Periodic inspection and testing.
Electrical Installations – Inspection & Testing
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.
Electrical Condition Report
Once completed you will be issued with an Electrical Condition Report (EICR).
A periodic inspection will:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
- Identify any defective electrical work.
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
- Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe.
How often do you need a periodic inspection?
Inspect and test your electrics every:
- 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
- 5 years for a rented home.
- 3 years for a caravan.
- 1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times we recommend a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
- When preparing a property for letting.
- Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
Whilst landlords of single occupation rental properties are not legally required to have an electrical installation report carried out, they are required by law to ensure that electrical installations in the rental property are in a safe condition at the beginning and throughout the duration of the tenancy.
Who should carry out the periodic inspection?
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).
Do Landlords Need a PAT Test?
PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is not a legal requirement, but the law does state that all electrical equipment within a rental property must be safe to use.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure this throughout the tenancy and they will be liable should an accident occur due to an electrically unsafe appliance.
To ensure your appliances are safe to use throughout the tenancy, we recommend annual PAT of all moveable equipment in the property, this includes items like fridges, toasters, kettles and microwaves. Find out more about our PAT testing services.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Also worth noting, all private landlords in England must fit a smoke alarm on every level of their property. Test the alarms to make sure they are working before the start of each tenancy.
Additionally, fit a carbon monoxide alarm in every room that has a solid burning appliance such as an open wood fire.
Punton Electrics Electrical Safety Recommendations for Landlords
Here are a few other recommendations to ensure you’re not leaving your tenants/renters at risk of electrical injury:
- Make sure that your property has adequate RCD protection
- Encourage your tenants/guests to report any common electrical problems they may notice.
- Have a full electrical installation condition report carried out by a registered electrician in-between tenancies. For shorter tenancies/rentals, a visual inspection may be more appropriate.
- Use a registered electrician to carry out any electrical work in your property (even the smaller jobs), this ensures you comply with Part P of the building regulations.
Your Local, Trusted Electrician
Every landlord needs an electrician they can rely on. Whether it’s a quick socket change, electric inspection report or full property rewire – we can help you stay compliant and keep your tenants/guests safe.
We are NICEIC approved contractors and well known in the Lymington and New Forest. Give one of our friendly team a call today on 01590 679081 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.