What electric safety regulations apply to my rented property?
As a landlord you have the requirement to ensure your property is safe for your tenants.
Supply of Electrical Goods for use in tenanted property
New regulations have been introduced to improve the safety of electrical goods which are placed on the market after the 8th December 2016. The regulations repeals the Electrical Equipment Regulation of 1995. However the new regulations only apply to electrical goods purchased after the 8th December 2016. The new legislation applies to all electrical equipment which is designed to use 50V-1000V AC (Mains electricity and 75V-1500V DC (battery powered). NOTE If you own & have supplied electrical equipment which was purchased before that date, it is still governed by the old legislation.
For landlords and agents it's worth considering when you purchased the electrical goods to identify which piece of legislation you need to follow.
Under the new Regulations, landlords have a duty to adhere to various provisions. The following are the most relevant:
- Act with due care to ensure that electrical equipment conforms with the obligations of the manufacturer, i.e. applying due diligence to ensure the item has come from a trusted and compliant source that has applied the appropriate safety objectives in the manufacturing process
- Ensure all electrical equipment bears the CE marking; is accompanied by the required documents and comes with instructions and safety information in a language that can be easily understood by consumers. This language must be English for all equipment made available in the UK.
- Make sure that the manufacturer has complied with the labelling requirements of the Regulations.
- Remove or not make available any electrical equipment that does not conform and then either take steps to bring it into conformity; withdraw it or recall it.
- Inform the relevant manufacturer or importer and the market surveillance authority of any risk posed by a piece of electrical equipment.
ludlowthompson encourage best practice in the safety of any tenanted property. Prior to the grant of the tenancy agreement we encourage our landlrods to ensure the company is provided with a copy of a current Electrical safety certificate in the form of a period fixed circuit electrical test ,and PAT (portable appliance) test where applicable.
Should a landlord require the provision of new electrical goods to tenants residing in their property ( since 8th December 2016) ludlowthompson will ensure the provision of the required additional documents via their contractors to the tenants on the landlrods behalf
If you would like to arrange for us to carry out an Electric Safety certificate ( offering both periodic fixed circuit testing and PAT testing ), we can do so in line with the current schedule of fees and charges. Just get in touch with your Property Manager or contact 0203 004 7098 for assistance
29th June 2017
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