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Landlord Periodic Inspections

Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 - The Act requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is

  • safe when a tenancy begins and
  • maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy

The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 makes it an implied term of every tenancy that the landlord will "keep in repair the structure and exterior" of the property and "keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity", the landlord cannot make the tenant responsible for these repairs.

Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales) - came into force in April 2006, introducing major changes to the way privately rented homes are assessed and regulated. One important change was the introduction of a new method of risk assessment for residential properties (Housing, Health and Safety Rating System[HHSRS]).

You must "provide a safe and healthy environment for any potential occupiers or visitors", from an electrical perspective this includes consideration of lighting, socket-outlets provision, escape lighting (emergency lighting), automatic fire detection and electrical hazards for fixed and portable equipment. At Pirbright Electrical Contractors Ltd we can carry out all your landlords legal requirements including Gas Safety checks via our mechanical company F.N.RICE(Pirbright) LTD.

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