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All new electrical work within a domestic setting must comply with Part P of the Building Regulations, in England and Wales, introduced on 1 January 2005, which are legally enforceable.
This basically means that anyone carrying out notifiable electrical work is required to be either part of a government approved scheme such as NAPIT, or inform the local building control who will inspect the installation.
Please note the information provided on this page is for guidance only and it is strongly recommended that all information is checked in case regulations have changed.
Electrical Safety in Rental Property:
There is no statutory obligation on landlords or agents to have professional checks carried out on the electrical system or appliances. However, under Common Law and various statutory regulations: The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, The Housing Act 2004, The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, and the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994, both of which come under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, there is an obligation to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe.
Apart from the Landlord's Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 (and several other statutory regulations see below) require the safety of electrical equipment at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
Electrical hazards are also covered by the Housing Health and safety Rating System under the Housing Act 2004.
In the case of commercial property and houses in multiple occupation there is a statutory duty under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 for the responsible person (the property manager) to carry out annual Fire Safety Risk Assessments, which include electrical safety risks.
If you let property you must ensure that the electrical system and all appliances supplied are safe - failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and may result in:
A fine of 5,000 pounds per item not complying, Six month's imprisonment or Possible manslaughter charges in the event of deaths.
The Tenant may also sue you for civil damages, your property insurance may be invalidated.
These regulations are enforced by the Health & Safety Executive.
It is important to ensure that all electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and in good working order.
Unlike gas regulations, there is no law that says you must have a landlord electrical safety certificate.
But, should any electrical fittings or appliances within your rental property cause harm to a tenant you could be held liable.
For more Electrical Safety information and advice please visit the Electrical Safety Council website.
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