Electrical safety is a key responsibility for landlords to keep their tenants safe and avoid fines.Failure to keep equipment such as light switches, microwaves and fuse boxes safe can result in fines, bans and imprisonment. Johnstones Electrical Services work closely with Landords and Housing Associations to advise them on matters of Electrical Safety for landlords.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 22 people died as a result of electrocution or fatal electric burns in 2010, while there were 20,403 accidental electrical fires in homes, resulting in 48 deaths and 3,324 injuries.All landlords in the UK are required to provide gas safety certificates, but the rules around electrical safety are different.
andlords should make sure any electrical equipment they provide has a safety kitemark such as the CE logo that shows a product meets EU standards.
They should also only use a competent electrician to undertake any works, and ensure a certificate is provided once electrical work has been completed. At Johnstones Electrical Services, after completion we supply an appropriate certification.
The rules for Landlords Electrical safety differ around the UK.
England and Wales.
Landlords are required to provide electrical installation certificates to show new equipment is safe, but there is no legal requirement to have it regularly inspected.
However, there are several pieces of legislation that landlords could fall foul of if they provide faulty electrics.
Legislation such as the Landlord and Tenant Act require landlords to respond to any requests for repairs and a claim could also be brought under the Consumer Protection Act if a property is found to be unsafe.
Landlords also have a duty of care for people on their property, and must ensure that the electrics within the rented property is safe and maintained in a safe condition. This means regular inspection and testing. At Johnstones Electrical Services, we offer a “one stop shop” for Landlords. For your peace of mind, we also offer a 24 hour emergency call, so just pick up the phone day or night and we will attend and sort out the problem.
Call Ian at Johnstones Electrical Services for all your Landlords Electrical Safety requirements, and dont forget our 24 hour Emergency Call Out Service.