The law requires for rented accommodations to be periodically inspected for electrical soundness. These Inspections are designed to be more frequent than what is required for primary residences or owner-resided homes, because of the transient nature of a rental’s occupants. It is a property landlord’s responsibility to make sure that all appliances and electrical installations within a rental property have been tested for safety before occupants even begin tenancy. Landlords should also make certain that the electrical safety of the property is secure and can be counted upon throughout the length of the tenancy. Occupants ought to be free from the risk of injury or any harm from the first to the last day of their occupancy.
Local authorities have the power, under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System or HHSRS to enforce electrical safety in any rental accommodation. Because of this, landlords must be aware of requirements placed on HMOs or houses in multiple occupation. For one, they should know the difference between fixed and portable insulations as well as the frequency of testing and inspections that each of these installations and appliances require. Fixed installations are wiring circuits, sockets, switches, circuit boards, light fittings, and other immovable electrical components. Portable installations on the other hand, may refer to appliances like electric cookers, refrigerators, toasters, kettles, etc. The latter are the appliances that can be plugged into a socket to work.
Maintaining these electrical installations is a critical requirement for any rented property and so is securing an electrical certificate, which specifically and officially qualifies a property to be safe for occupation. An electrical certificate for landlords can only be given after a thorough inspection, analysis, and report of a qualified and accredited electrician. It is for this reason that you should only get your electrical certificate from approved contractors.