Landlord Electrical Safety2020-01-30T00:20:40+00:00

Landlord Electrical Safety

As a landlord, it is your legal duty to ensure all electrical equipment in your property is safe and maintained throughout the whole tenancy. This responsibility covers light fixtures and plugs, as well as internal wiring.

An electrical installation includes all fixed electrical equipment that is supplied through your property’s electricity meter. Just like other features of your property, electrical installations deteriorate and face wear and tear, so need to be properly maintained.

Failure to do so can lead to prosecution and also invalidates most landlord insurance policies. For the safety of your tenants and your business, it is important to get regularly electrical safety certification.

Cube Letting Agents can arrange Landlord Electrical Safety for you from £50 Inc. VAT.

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the checking of the safety of portable (as opposed to fixed) electrical appliances in your property. Confusingly, portable appliances include stationary equipment like fridges and washing machines, as well as things like TVs, kettles and space heaters.

Getting these appliance tested with a PAT is a great way to ensure and prove their safety, allowing you to efficiently fulfil your duties as a landlord.

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One-off Payment of £50inc. VAT

  • Recommended annually
  • Up To 10 Electrical Appliances Included
  • Free plug and fuse replacements
  • Minor faults corrected and appliance retested
  • Digitally Accessible Certificate of Electrical Safety
  • Engineer compliant to carry out work in accordance with UK law

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

Getting a periodic inspection of your electrical installations via an Electric Installation Condition Report is the best way to fulfil your legal duties as a landlord and make sure that the electrical infrastructure of your property is safe for your tenants.

Your EICR should be carried out by a registered electrician. The inspection will check the condition of your property’s wiring, look for wear & tear and see if your property’s electrical installations pose any shock or fire hazards. You will then receive a report from the electrician.

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One-off Payment of £100inc. VAT

  • Recommended every 5 years
  • Digitally Accessible Certificate
  • Testing fuses & circuit breakers
  • Engineer compliant to carry out work in accordance with UK law
  • Up to 3 Bedrooms (£10 per room for any additional rooms)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Portable Appliance Testing or PAT?2019-10-31T01:32:41+00:00

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the checking of the safety of portable (as opposed to fixed) electrical appliances in your property. Confusingly, portable appliances include stationary equipment like fridges and washing machines, as well as things like TVs, kettles and space heaters.

Getting these appliance tested with a PAT is a great way to ensure and prove their safety, allowing you to efficiently fulfil your duties as a landlord.

How Often Do I Need to Inspect my Portable Electrical Appliances?2019-10-31T01:33:14+00:00

As a landlord, your duty is to ensure the safety of the electrical appliances in your property. Having a PAT test carried out is a great way to meet your legal obligations and keep your tenants safe.

From a practical point of view, different appliances need testing in accordance with their risk of breaking. High-use, highly portable appliances like toasters are far more likely to be damaged in everyday use than a stationary washing machine, meaning a landlord might responsibly have the former tested every two years, but the latter every four years.

Do you need PAT Testing for Houses with Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)?2019-10-31T01:33:45+00:00

As a minimum, you will need to have the fixed wiring tested at least every five years – see further below. You should also check whether different licensing requirements apply for landlords of HMOs in your area.

What is Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR?2019-10-31T01:34:15+00:00

Getting a periodic inspection of your electrical installations via an Electric Installation Condition Report is the best way to fulfil your legal duties as a landlord and make sure that the electrical infrastructure of your property is safe for your tenants.

Your EICR should be carried out by a registered electrician. The inspection will check the condition of your property’s wiring, look for wear & tear and see if your property’s electrical installations pose any shock or fire hazards. You will then receive a report from the electrician.

How Often Do I Need to Carry Out a Condition Report?2019-10-31T01:34:45+00:00

As a landlord, your duty is to ensure the safety of the electrical infrastructure of your property. There is no legal requirement to get a EICR periodically unless your property is a House in Multiple Occupancy, but doing one is a great way to meet your legal obligations and keep your tenants safe.

Do you need EICR Testing in Houses with Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)?2019-10-31T01:35:15+00:00

If you are the landlord of an HMO, then you must carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report every five years. This will reveal any defective electrical work, identify fire hazards and check if any circuits are overloaded and dangerous.

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