It is the landlords responsibility to ensure the properties electrical system is
in a safe condition and have inspection and testing completed which is better known
as a PIR Report completed when:-
The Landlords Guide To Electrical Safety
The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985
Requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when a tenancy
begins and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. The Landlords
and Tenants Act 1985 makes it an implied term of every tenancy that the landlord
will keep in repair the structure and exterior of the property and keep in repair
and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of
water, gas and electricity, and for sanitation, space heating and heating water.
The landlord cannot make the tenant responsible for these repairs.
From an electrical perspective this includes consideration of general lighting provision,
socket-outlet provision, escape lighting (emergency lighting), automatic fire detection
and electrical hazards for fixed wiring and portable electrical equipment.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
As well as the above consideration must be given to Appliance Testing which should
be carried out on a regular basis. For more details about Portable Appliance Testing
please go to our Appliance Testing page.
• The Properties Electrical Installation Tested Every Five Years
• Or At Change of Property Ownership
• Or At Change of Tenancy
Although the UK has a fairly good record of electrical safety, there are still over
30 deaths and nearly 4000 injuries from electrical accidents and the 8000 fires that
occur in the home each year. Most of the accidents in the home involve faults in,
or misuse of, domestic appliances, flexes, plugs or connectors. A large number are
related to electrical maintenance or DIY activities. The major dangers to health
from electrical accidents are from shock, burns, electrical explosion or arcing,
fire, and mechanical movements initiated by electricity.
The causes of such incidents are varied but include deterioration of the electrical
installation; broken accessories and equipment misuse of the installation and equipment
and occasional vandalism; and inconsistent maintenance programmes.