Electrical safety is critical in a rented home. Tenants are responsible for reporting any problems, and Landlords are responsible for assuring the safety and maintenance of any electrical systems and equipment. (BS 7671). However, problems develop when flaws or issues are not appropriately reported, and as a result, accidents are more likely to occur.
Due to the rapid turnover and lack of understanding, students are at a heightened risk of being exposed to improper electrical work in their privately leased property. According to recent research, one in every four students has experienced malfunctioning electrics in their leased house, which is one too many.
The landlord must ensure that a high degree of care is provided in-residence, regardless of the tenant; a young family, an elderly couple, or students are all exposed to similar scenarios that could endanger their lives. Check out our list to see what your responsibilities are.
Landlord’s electrical obligations include ensuring that electrical installations and appliances are safe and in entire working order when tenants move in and that they are maintained throughout the tenancy. It is suggested that a qualified electrician perform an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) at the property every five years and at the beginning of each tenancy.
- PAT Testing appliances that you provide in the property and are hence responsible for.
- Examine the property’s furniture and furnishings to ensure they meet fire resistance criteria.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the property to protect the safety of both the rental home and the tenants.
Tenants electrical responsibilities:
- Keep a watch out for constant tripping of fuses, flickering lights, and overheated sockets – take responsibility and report any defects to your landlord right away.
- Your landlord is legally required to keep your electrical system and appliances in good working order.
- If you bring your appliances into the rental property, they are your responsibility Make sure they’re acceptable for their intended purpose and have passed a PAT test for safety.
- Do not perform any electrical work yourself; it is the landlord’s responsibility to arrange repairs.
- Allow access to the property when electrical repairs are required.
HOW CAN I TAKE CHARGE OF ELECTRICAL SAFETY?
It’s also vital that you take charge of your home’s electrical safety and notify us of any problems for better results.
To avoid electric shocks and flames, you should do the following:
- Check that any bulbs are the correct wattage for the fitting, such as a lamp or light.
- Place any portable heater at least 90 cm away from drapes, newspapers, and other combustible items.
- Inspect the leads on your kettle, iron, and other portable equipment for fraying.
- Make sure that just the outer sheath of cables is visible on sockets.
- Avoid allowing appliance leads to come into contact with hot or moist surfaces.
- Unplug inactive appliances or turn off lights and appliances whenever possible. This saves money as well as wear and strain on your equipment.
What should you do once you’ve settled in?
When moving into a privately rented property, you must guarantee that all necessary tests are performed on appliances, gas and electric systems, and, most importantly, the plumbing. Our list emphasizes the essential areas to watch for when you acquire the keys to your new house to ensure your safety.
- Check that your landlord is a member of the NLA, a certified organization that protects both you and the landlord. When you choose an accredited landlord, you can expect them to follow specific criteria, such as protecting your deposit, giving you 24 hours’ notice before entering the property, presenting you with an agreement, and responding quickly, with repairs completed within three working days.
- Obtain a photocopy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) from your landlord when you move in, if possible. This guarantees that the electrics are in good working order. Visually inspect appliances to ensure they have been PAT tested and are safe to use.
- After you’ve moved in, make sure to test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the house. Contact your landlord if there are no alarms in the home.
- Check the meter positions in the property and photograph them to commemorate the start of your lease. You should also photograph the meter readings at the end of your lease, so you have proof to present your billing providers.
- Inspect all electrical wiring and appliances in residence, photograph any flaws, and notify your landlord. It’s critical to have your landlord’s phone number on hand in case of an emergency. If you can’t reach the landlord, contact your rental agency or the local government.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE VISIT?
Notice these factors to prepare before the visit:
- If you have a pre-payment electric meter, ensure you have enough credit to complete the safety check.
- Clear any personal belongings surrounding your meter and consumer unit/fuse board to make it easier for the electrician to access them.
- Unplug as much equipment as possible, including your television.
- Please remember that you should reconnect appliances after your electrics have been inspected. This includes your refrigerator and freezer.
- Allow the electrician access to your entire house because they will need to test every light switch and socket. Children and dogs should not access the areas where the safety checks are being performed during the visit. If the children are under the age of 16, an adult must accompany them. Please do not touch any of the engineer’s tools or equipment while working in your home. Our authorized contractors will make sure that your property and valuables are treated with care.
What is the cost of an electrical safety certificate?
It is generally advised that you have one performed every ten years or so to ensure that there are no flaws. Some insurance companies may need one before offering coverage. The EICR certificate cost is generally determined by the size of the property and the complexity of the circuits being investigated. We’ve observed that EICR certificate costs start around £150 for smaller buildings like one-bed flats and rise to roughly £300 for larger properties like three-bedroom mansions. This might be substantially higher for much larger houses.