You need to be a responsible landlord and providing your tenants with a Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate is part of that. It covers you and your tenant’s backs if any electrical issues were to occur.

The Law

If you are a landlord of a property with multiple tenants then you have a legal obligation to have a periodical electrical inspection every 5 years carried out by a registered electrician. You will receive an Electrical Installation Condition Report, which details the outcome of the inspection and any work that may need to be carried out before the next inspection.

What is a “periodic inspection”?

It’s an inspection to check whether electrical installations are in a satisfactory condition and therefore safe for tenants. The inspection will;

• Unearth any potential safety risks

• Find any poor electrical work

• Discover if electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded

• Make sure earthing and bonding measures have been carried out correctly

• Check that equipment can be appropriately serviced

• Determine the extent of any damage or wear and tear

Who can do it?

A qualified, registered electrician, like MM Electrical!

How often should it be done?

Every 5 years or between tenancies, whichever is shorter.

If you are a landlord of a single occupancy property, it is not mandatory for you to have an Electrical Safety Certificate but we would strongly advise it! If you fail to provide your tenants with an electrical safety certificate and an electrical fault occurs, as the landlord you’ll be liable. Despite not having to provide a certificate, landlords of single occupancy properties need to still check the following things:

• Sockets - All sockets are safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout the duration of the tenancy.

• Wiring – All wiring is in good working order, not damaged in any way and maintained throughout the tenancy.

• Light fittings – These must be fitted correctly, in good condition and in working order.

• Fusebox - Ensure your property has sufficient RCD (residual current device) protection.

• Appliances - All electrical appliances supplied, e.g. cookers, washing machines and kettles, are safe and have the CE marking.

What happens if you fail comply with electrical safety regulations?

If your property is inspected and electrical equipment or installations are found to be faulty you could face a hefty £5000 fine. Not only that, there is a possibility you could face 6 months imprisonment, criminal charges if a tenant is injured or, worse still, killed as a result of faulty electrics, it could also invalidate your insurance. So, you see, it’s probably a good idea to get that certificate! If you would like any advice on this subject or any other electrical matter, don’t hesitate to get in touch – tweet @mmsparkies Call 01858 414304 or 07860 508 091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.