Faulty electrics and equipment are the cause of thousands of injuries every year, as well as a number of deaths and almost half of all domestic fires. However, proper electrical care and maintenance greatly reduces your risk of accident or injury, so it is vital to keep electrical systems in good condition. This involves arranging period electrical inspections and PAT testing and carrying out repairs, rewires or upgrades of fuse boards as necessary. If you are a landlord or tenant, you have certain responsibilities when it comes to maintaining the safety of electrical installations, but many people don’t understand what these are, which is why our electricians have created this useful guide to help our customers in Barnes and surrounds.
With many years of experience and NICEIC accreditation, our electrical contractors provide all the advice, information and services you need to keep your home or rental property safe.
On 1st June 2020, new regulations came into force, known as the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. In line with these regulations, landlords must ensure a qualified and competent electrician, such as our electrical contractors in Barnes, inspects and tests electrical installations in their rented properties at least once every five years.
Landlords must also obtain a report and provide a copy to existing, new or prospective tenants as well as the local authority. If the report highlights the need for investigative or remedial work, such as repairs or rewires, the landlord must complete this as soon as possible.
These electrical inspections cover fixed electrical components, such as wiring, plug sockets, light fittings and fuse boards. As such, they differ to PAT testing, which covers electrical appliances that plug into an outlet. Although PAT tests are not a legal requirement for landlords, they are commonly seen as standard practice within the rented sector as they are one of the best ways to help landlords uphold their legal obligations under the Landlords and Tenants Act 1985, which outlines the need for landlords to ensure their properties are safe.
As a tenant, you are not in charge of maintaining the electrical systems in your Barnes home, but you are responsible for maintaining any electrical items you bring into the property, which our electrical contractors can help with. Tenants also have a responsibility to notify the landlord as soon as any electrical problems arise, who must resolve the issue using a qualified electrician for any repairs or rewires.
You should never try to carry out your own electrical repairs and should follow safety guidelines when using electrical equipment, such as not overloading sockets. You can help protect yourself and your family by: