Is it a legal requirement to have an electrical safety certificate for renting property? If so, who is responsible for it, landlord or agent, even if agent is not managing the property?
It is a legal requirement that an annual gas safety inspection is carried out by a CORGI registered operator, a gas safety certificate issued and a copy supplied to the tenant in all rented residential properties. A current certificate must be in force when any new tenants enters a property.
This is not the case with electrical systems and appliances – there is no legal requirement at present for an annual check and certificate.
However, there is a legal requirement that the landlord provides a safe building, and should there be an accident due to faulty or sub-standard electrical system or appliances, the landlord could find himself liable.
It is, therefore, in the landlord’s own interests to have electrical systems checked by a competent electrician every 5 to 10 years. All Electrical appliances should be visually checked at the start of every tenancy and if there is any doubt, properly tested. Any used electrical appliances introduced by the landlord should be PAT tested.
Ideally, for safety’s sake, the electrical system should be brought up to the latest Electrical Regulation standard, with an earth leakage circuit breaker (ELCB) fitted at the consumer unit.
As a professional, the agent should always ensure that there is a gas certificate in place, even for let-only. They should also warn landlords about electrical safety.
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