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Electrical safety: What landlords need to know

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Our landlord advice team frequently receive questions from landlords and letting agents on electrical safety. The topic has also made headlines recently.

The RLA has updated its electrical safety guidance for landlords and anyone needing advice on their rented properties when it comes to electrical safety should be able to find it within the updated web pages.

Last month, the topic of electrical safety inspections made headlines when the Government announced that it intends to press ahead with plans first announced last year to introduce regulations requiring landlords to undertake five yearly safety checks of electrical installations in their properties.

While no date has been announced for this, the Government has announced that it intends to introduce this new legislation on a phased basis, starting with new tenancies, as soon as Parliamentary time allows.  You can read more recent announcements on electrical safety here.

Electrical Safety Inspections guidance

The inspections guide outline landlords’ responsibilities when it comes to electrical safety inspections. The new guidance covers:

  • How often landlords are legally required to inspect their properties, and looks at this when it comes to HMO landlords.
  • It also covers what is a competent person
  • Penalties for not complying with the regulations
  • What landlords should look for on a visual inspection

The electrical safety guide includes a detailed overview of electrical safety in privately rented properties. It takes a closer look at the legislation that covers electrical safety, and what is included in the Electrical Installation Condition report.

Train with us!

As well as offering guidance on electrical safety for members, the RLA also runs training courses on this topic. See below for the full list of electrical safety training courses:

  • Basic Electrical Awareness course. 20th March in London and 10th October in Manchester
  • 1-day Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course. 22nd October in London
  • Are you a landlord in Stockport? On 11th April we are hosting a Landlord Advice Roadshow in the city. One of the topics on the packed agenda will be an update for landlords on electrical safety by Ian Halton of NAPIT. Click here to book your place at this roadshow.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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