Electrical Safety checklist for Landlords

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  Make sure your rental property has a periodic electrical inspection at least every five years. This will check for wear and tear, damage or other issues:
  • The wiring is earthed and bonded properly;
  • Remove covers to inspect connections and conductors for signs of damage;
  • Test the circuits to identify defects and faults.
  Carry out any changes an electrician suggests on the periodic report to protect your tenants from electrical dangers. As a landlord it is your responsibilty to ensure the following have been done, download the Electrical Safety First Landlord's interim electrical safety checklist for the full list.
  Make sure your fusebox (called the ‘consumer unit’) is fitted correctly and not damaged. Also make sure it is not obstructed with flammable things like paint, newspapers or cleaning fluids.
  Check there is an RCD (Residual Current Device) and it is working.
  Ensure cables aren’t passing through doors/window openings.
  Check sockets are not overloaded.
Before plugging in leads/cables check for signs of damage like cracks and splits.
Make sure appliances aren’t subject to a recall by visiting Electrical Safety First.
Check relevant covers are in place and undamaged on appliances so shock or  fire risk is reduced.
Make sure a smoke alarm is fitted, working and the alarm sounds when tested.
Ideally fit a carbon monoxide alarm just in case any leaks occur so the tenant is warned.
Keep a copy of electrical safety reports, any appliances instructions and guarantees so you have evidence the property is safe.


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