property which is let need to be aware of the implications of the legislation. Royston & Lund Lettings have designed this fact sheet to help give you a summary of the regulations which currently exist relating to electrical appliances and main wiring and their impact on residential landlords. ELECTRICAL SAFETY – appliances The electrical safety regulations require that any electrical appliances supplied must be safe to use including their leads any unsafe appliance should be removed from the property. It is recommended that appropriate instruction booklets are provided for all appliances including the boiler, this will help to ensure that the tenant uses the equipment safely. All electrical equipment that is manufactured after the 1st January 1997 must be marked with the appropriate CE symbol. Unlike the gas safety regulations, there is no statutory legislation however Royston & Lund recommend that all electrical appliances are tested prior to the initial letting of a property and checked annually thereafter. If an individual appliance is used particularly frequently or in a harsh environment (e.g. wet conditions) then more frequent testing may be required. ELETRICAL SAFETY TESTINGIt is also important that all fixed wiring (mains wiring) is safe. This is easily tested by a qualified ‘Part P’ engineer.We recommend that the fixed wiring circuits are checked for safety. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends that this is carried out at least every ten years in a domestic environment. Royston & Lund would recommend
1, All landlords should keep a record of all appliances tested and checks carried out.
2. Landlords to check leads and watch out for frayed or worn
leads. These may be dangerous and should be replaced immediately by a competent person.
3. By law, electrical appliances must not be supplied without a correctly fused plug fitted to it. Why is it important?The maximum penalty for non-compliances with the regulations has been published with a fine of £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.