With the devastating tragedy of Grenfell Tower, it has brought to light the importance of testing the electrical systems within a property, just like when the gas regulations were brought in for annual Gas Safety Certificates.
However, it is not currently a legal requirement for landlords or agents to have professional checks carried out on the electrical system or appliances, but a landlord is required by law to ensure that any equipment they supply as part of a tenancy is safe. The government is now acting and are making changes to the current legislation to make it compulsory which is expected to be passed through Parliament some time in the next 6 months.
Should any electrical fittings or appliances within your rental property cause harm to a tenant you could be held liable, therefore we strongly advise to have all portable equipment checked every 1 or 2 years from now or before the start of each let, and every 1 or 2 years thereafter.
Given that it is not a huge expense, and if the tenant gets an electrical shock, you as the landlord could be sued under the consumer protection acts.
So one has to ask if it is worth skimping on?
We know that some landlords already have this in place and even have these done annually, but there are a lot of landlords that have not put this in place yet and mostly because it has not become law as yet.
The charges for this service are £50 for the visit and report and £3 per item to be checked (all + vat)
There are further changes coming with regards to 5 yearly Electrical Installation Condition Report’s that will also become mandatory on properties, but it may not apply to your property. When we have more information on that, we will be issuing further documentation.