Why are Electrical Certificates Necessary for Landlords in London?

Complexities of the testing processes and inspection services tend to overwhelm property owners and landlords who are new to the rules of electrical certifications. While certification companies do make the task easier by configuring the appropriate test to suit the client’s needs as well as their budget, many are still unsure whether or not these Electrical certificates for landlords are necessary.

 An electrical inspection is a statutory duty on persons who manage land. Two Acts of Parliament support this imposition, owing to the safety and quality of electrical equipment. These acts include the Consumer Protection Act of 1987 (landlord’s electrical testing obligations) and the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act of 1974. Apart from the common law duty of care of landlords, the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985 requires that all electrical equipment are safe at the beginning of each tenancy and are kept in a safe condition throughout their stay.

 The Housing Health and Safety Rating System under Housing Act 2004 covers electrical hazards. In the case of houses in multiple occupation and commercial properties, landlords or any person responsible for the property (such as a property manager) have a statutory duty imposed by the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005 to carry out an annual Fire Safety Risk Assessment, which should cover electrical safety risks.  

 Anyone who lets a property must ensure that all electrical systems, along with the appliances supplied are compliant with the Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations of 1994 as well as  the Consumer Protection Act of 1987. Failure to comply with these regulations can be considered a criminal offence, which may result in monetary fines, imprisonment, and even manslaughter charges should noncompliance result in deaths. A tenant has the right to sue a noncompliant landlord for civil damages, and property insurance can be invalidated.

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