As it stands, unlike gas regulations, there is no law that says you must have an electrical safety certificate for your rental property. However, you are obligated to ensure that all electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and in good working order, because you have a duty of care to your tenants, and are ‘supplying in the course of business’. Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and may result in:
- Your property insurance may be invalidated
- A fine of £5,000 per item not complying
- Six month’s imprisonment
- The tenant suing you for civil damages
- Possible manslaughter charges in the event of a death.
These regulations are enforced by the Health & Safety Executive. To avoid legal penalties, it is advisable for landlords to have periodic checks completed by a qualified electrician. Until next time, stay warm and toasty and don’t forget to check that you’ve got your gas and electric certificates in place before you are sued (or worse happens), or better still leave it all to us to take care of for you!