Electrical safety in rental property
If you let property you must ensure that the electrical system and all appliances supplied are safe. Electrical hazards are covered by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System under the Housing Act 2004.
Apart from the LandlordТs Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 (and several other statutory regulations) requires that the electrical equipment is safe at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence.
For rental housing accommodation, the recommendation is that the electrical wiring is inspected every 5 years and at every change of tenant, this is known as an [EICR] electrical installation condition report.
Landlords are legally required to ensure the accommodation provided, meets the basic safety requirements. This includes the fixed electrical installation in the property and any electrical appliances that have been provided by the landlord.
PAT Testing should be carried out every 12 months. Without up-to-date PAT Tests your insurance could be invalid, making it an important legal requirement.