Landlord Services

Landlord Services

Landlord Obligations

“The Electrical Safety Council has found that landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated insurance, through not acting on their electrical safety obligations.

Ignoring their responsibilities means landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire.” – Electrical Safety Council

Failing to ensure that your property is electrically safe can result in heavy fines or imprisonment, not to mention the lives being put at risk through negligence. It is critical to have the fixed wiring in rented properties checked regularly, and if you make available any electrical appliances as part of the tenancy, they should be checked as well.

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 per item not complying
  • Six months imprisonment
  • Possible manslaughter charges in the event of deaths
  • The Tenant may also sue you for civil damages
  • Your property insurance may be invalidated

All of this can be easily avoided if the landlord can demonstrate that he/she has taken all reasonable precautions in ensuring that a property and its appliances are electrically safe. Here at Selectatest, we specialise in ensuring the safety of electrical wiring in both buildings and electrical appliances.

Periodic Testing (EICR)

Periodic Testing (Electrical Installation Condition Reports)

An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is usually all you need to protect yourself in the event of an electrical fault in your property’s fixed wiring, as it demonstrates that due care has been taken, the property has been inspected and is deemed electrically safe. However, these certificates need to be kept up-to-date, and different types of premises must be updated more frequently than others (please see the table below).

Type of Installation

Routine Check

Maximum Period between inspections and testing as necessary

Reference (see notes below)

Educational establishments
4 months
5 years
1,2
Places of public entertainment
1 year
5 years
1,2,6
Restaurants and hotels
1 year
5 year
1,2,6
Theatres
1 year
3 year
2,6,7
Public houses
1 year
5 years
1,2,6
Village halls/Community centres
1 year
5 years
1,2
Marinas
4 months
1 year
1,2
Fish farms
4 months
1 year
1,2
Laundrettes
1 year
1 year
1,2,6
Petrol filling stations
1 year
1 year
1,2,6
Shops
1 year
5 years
1,2
Cinemas
4 months
1 year
2,6,7
Offices
1 year
5 years
1,2
Church installations
1 year
5 years (quinquenially)
2
Domestic: Houses / Flats
N/A
change of occupancy / 5 years
N/A
Industrial
1 year
3 years
1,2
Laboratories
1 year
5 years
1,2
Hospitals
1 year
5 years
1,2
Agricultural and horticultural
1 year
3 years
1,2
Highway power supplies
as convenient
6 years
N/A
Construction site installations
3 months
3 months
1,2
Leisure complexes
4 months
1 year
1,2,6
Caravans
1 year
3 years
N/A
Caravan parks
6 months
1 year
1,2,6
Emergency lighting
daily/monthly
3 years
2,3,4
Fire alarms
daily/weekly/monthly
1 year
2,4,5
Reference Key
1. Particular attention must be taken to comply with S1 1988 No 1057. The Electricity Supply Regulations 1988.
2. S1 1988 N0 635 The Electricity at Work Regulations.
3. See BS5266: Part : 1988 Code of practice for the emergency lighting.
4. Other intervals are recommended for testing operation of batteries and generators.
5. See BS 5839: Part 1: 1988 Code of practice for system design installation and servicing.
6. Local Authority Conditions of Licence.
7. S1 1995 No 1129 (Clause 27) The Cinematography (Safety) Regulations

 

PAT Testing

If your tenancy includes the supply and use of any electrical appliances within the property, you should ensure that all appliances are verified safe to use or you leave yourself vulnerable in the event of an accident. The simplest and easiest way to do this is with PAT Testing; a series of visual checks and electrical tests used to determine the soundness of an appliance.

Here at Selectatest, we specialise in thorough PAT Testing regimes and documentation, so you need never be concerned about your property’s safety. We offer package deals on PAT Testing in conjunction with Periodic Testing, and after testing is complete we will provide you with detailed asset/inventory lists and test results, so there can be no doubt that every precaution has been taken.

PAT Testing made easy

 

Selectatest have a variety of PAT testing schemes, tailored to the needs of various sectors. For more information, please click on the most appropriate sector below:

 Periodic Testing for Schools  Periodic Testing for Commercial Premises  Residential Periodic Testing