The landlord is responsible for making sure that the electrical system and any electrical appliances supplied for tenants' use are safe to use (even if they use an agent).
For landlords in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there's no legal requirement to carry out an electrical safety check before the tenancy starts or yearly (unlike a gas safety check – see). But you're recommended to carry out the electrical inspections set out below.
Landlords in Scotland must carry out electrical safety checks of all installations, fixtures and fittings and provide a copy of the report to tenants before their tenancy starts. The report will last for 5 years before another safety check must be performed. Houses in multiple occupation must perform electrical safety checks on all electrical equipment at least once every 3 years.
A qualified electrician should carry out any electrical installation, safety inspection or tests. You can find contractors and businesses registered with NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting), or check that a contractor is registered, via the.
The property should have:
You (or your agent) are recommended to have the following inspections and checks carried out:
You should keep a record of all inspections and safety checks. Copies of an electrical test certificate should be made available to your tenants. This is compulsory for properties in Scotland.
You're also recommended to: