Articles related to giving guidance to landlords around electrical safety in rental properties, holiday cottages, etc. Mainly focused on maintaining safe electrical equipment

Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns. 

Electrical safety tests were not carried out  Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns.  The error, involved 40 properties, housing hundreds of students, in riverside accommodation on Thistle Street.  Glasgow City Council found that portable appliance test (PAT) certificates were unavailable for the past 2 years.  “It was however noted that historical PAT certification was unavailable. The applicant has been reminded of the need to fully comply with the conditions attached to their licenses and has provided a commitment to ensure this is done in future.” In rented properties where 3 or more unrelated people share facilities an HMO license is required, which includes the need for portable appliance test certificates.  Read the full article from the Glasgow Evening Times


Landlords electrical test certificate – EICR

New legal requirements for landlords of rental properties From July 1st this year all private tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins. Under the new rules, the landlord will have to ensure that the installation is inspected and tested at least every five years. For existing tenancies, an electrical safety test will need to be carried out by 1 April 2021, with regular tests following this. All properties across the private rented sector, including HMOs, are subject to the new regulations. The regulations will replace the existing requirements for HMOs regarding electrical installation testing and inspection. Once the electrical installation has been tested, the landlord must ensure they receive a written report from the person conducting the inspection, which includes the results and the required date for the next inspection then supply a copy of this report to each existing tenant living in the property within 28 days of the inspection. This for now is a directive for the wiring not the appliances but we can still arrange this for you. If you want to arrange to get the [...]


PAT testing rental properties

PAT Testing rental properties 6 useful tips for rental property safety These 6 useful tips for rental property safety should come in very handy if you rent your home of a landlord or agency; or if you rent property to tenants.  It scares me how many properties I go in to that are landlord owned, when they are such a mess. And I don't mean due to the tenant, but due to the lack of care by the landlord. I often wonder why they're getting PAT testing done when they really should sort out the mains wiring, the plumbing and the damp!  PAT testing rental properties PAT testing rental properties should never be overlooked if you are providing appliances as part of a tenancy agreement; this includes integrated appliances like cookers and fridges.  PAT testing for Landlords is important as it can reduce the risks incurred from faulty electrical appliances. There are approximately 100 fires that occur in UK properties every year, from faulty television sets, and 296 from ovens so getting appliances checked is worthwhile; we don't know if these are in rental properties or privately owned homes but if more homes had appliance testing done faults would [...]


Landlord PAT testing Information

Do landlords have to PAT test appliances? Yes; a landlord, like any other business owner, needs to ensure electrical equipment they provide (as part of the rental agreement) is safe to use, so they need to get equipment PAT tested to know it is safe.  The electrical equipment provided as part of a tenancy agreement must be safe, and be maintained regularly to ensure it stays safe. Whilst there is no set requirement for retest periods it is widely regarded that annual retests are best, or at least each time the tenancy changes.   Electrical Safety Warning for Landlords Electrical safety warning for Landlords from the ESC, about how they are exposing tenants to dangers from defective electrical systems.  (Originally on the Seaward website - link removed due to it not working correctly). The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has warned that landlords are exposing millions of tenants to dangers and could face huge fines. The ESC found 1.7 million private renters have reported electrical concerns that were either ignored by their landlord or acted on too slowly, and 1.3 million renters are currently waiting for electrical issues to be resolved. The ESC study hoped to [...]


Landlords warned to check electric goods

Landlords warned to check electric goods Landlords have been warned to check electric goods to see if they have any recall notices. Landlords have been advised to be super-vigilant about electrical products that they already have in their properties, plus any new ones they supply, such as fridge freezers, cookers and tumble dryers. Find out about our service for Landlords pat testing The warning comes after a continuing spate of safety alerts and product recalls. Only yesterday, Dorset fire and rescue service warned after a tumble dryer sparked a serious house blaze. Check out our Product Recalls page here, where you can check to see if any of your products have been recalled.  One manufacturer, Beko, has been repeatedly at the centre of stories about domestic fires caused by their applicances, with fire brigade claims that they have caused at least 20 blazes at homes since 2010. Despite a number of alerts and product recalls, it is estimated that around 138,000 Beko affected appliances are still in domestic properties. Beko may have had the worst publicity but it is by no means the only manufacturer to have issued alerts – see the links given at the end. The fact [...]

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