Rented Property Electrical Safety

What are your Landlord’s responsibilities?

They are required by law to ensure –

  • That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when you move in.
  • That the electrical installation is maintained in a safe condition as long as you’re staying there.
  • It is recommended that the electrical installation is inspected and tested every FIVE years or at change of occupancy.
  • That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).

To meet these requirements your landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks, and document the inspection and test results, to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.

Portable appliance testing (PAT)

The safety of appliances you bring into your accommodation is your responsibility. If you are in any doubt about the safety of an appliance, get it tested or replaced.

Your landlord should have a system for inspecting and testing the portable equipment that provided in the property. These items should be identified with a label indicating date of last test and date next test due.

What to look for in accommodation [before you move in ask for theses documents] 

  • An electrical report (known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report or, formerly, a Periodic Inspection Report), confirming that the electrical installation is safe for use.
  • Certification confirming that any recent electrical work meets the UK national standard BS 7671 (Requirements for Electrical Installations).

When you view the property check the following items

  • Sockets, switches and light fittings are in good condition with no signs of damage.
  • Any appliances are provided with the manufacturer’s instructions, have up to date PAT test stickers on them (not required on new appliances, generally less than 12 months old) and are in good working order.


If you have reported a problem to your landlord and he or she has refused to put the situation right or ignored your request, you should contact your local authority who will be able to help you. Local authorities will ensure a landlord is meeting their legal obligations and can take enforcement action against them.


Electrical safety testing saves lives

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