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Landlords - Your Electrical Safety Obligations

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


Landlords are also putting millions of UK private tenants at risk of serious accident or fire. We have clarified your obligations for electrical safety in rental properties and provide a range of resources to help you keep your tenants safe.


Your responsibilities as a landlord


Landlords are required by law to ensure:


  • That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.

  • That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years.  

  • If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.  

  • That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).


To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.


Electrical Safety First recommends ...


Landlords' Guide


The Landlords' Guide to Electrical Safety sets out your legal obligations and our recommendations for keeping your tenants and properties safe. This booklet replaces the previous three publications:


Landlords' Guide to Electrical Safety in England and Wales

Landlords' Guide to Electrical Safety in Scotland

Electrical Safety in Communal Areas of Residential Properties


If you would like to request a hard copy of the booklet, please contact [email protected]


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Landlords Offer

To comply with legal requirements when renting your properties why not take advantage of our special offer where we will test and inspect 3 of your rental houses* and your 4th will be performed COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!


Prices are extremely competitive starting at £120 plus VAT.


For regional please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will be happy to provide discounts on multiple properties.


*within 20-mile radius of Chesterfield

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