Landlord Safety Certificates Alvaston, Derby
It is extremely important that you ensure that all the electrical appliances and fittings in the property are safe and in good working order. There is no law that states you need to have a landlord electrical safety certificate but if any electrical fittings or appliances in your rental property cause harm to a tenant you could be liable for it.
If you can manage your property well, the risks to you as a landlord are minimal, but make sure you manage it correctly as the
risks from badly manages properties are high.
Safety Checklist & Reasoning
You should always make visual inspections yourself as landlord in residential properties and make a record on a safety checklist and have periodic checks carried out by a qualified electrician.
- Ideally, ensure that the electrical system complies with the latest wiring regulations.
- Make sure a circuit breaker (RCD) is fitted to power circuits.
- Keep supplied appliances to a minimum.
- Make sure appliances supplied are complete and in working order – keep purchase receipts.
- Pay particular attention to second-hand equipment – always have these items checked.
- Ensure that operating instructions and safety warning notices are supplied with the appliances.
- Ensure that flexes are in good order and properly attached to appliances and plugs.
- Ensure that earth tags are in place.
- Ensure that plugs are of an approved type with sleeved live and neutral pins.
- Ensure that plugs and sockets conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A for heavy duty uses.
- Ensure that all fuses are of the correct type and rating.
- Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch.
- Make a note of all fuse ratings on the inventory.
If you are in any doubt about the wiring or the safety of any appliances consult a qualified electrician such as MPP Electrical Services in Alvaston, Derby.