of the accidents in the home involve faults in, or misuse
of, domestic appliances, flexes, plugs or connectors.
A large number are related to electrical maintenance
or DIY activities.
line with this and in order to address the issues that
are relevant to landlords, the ESC has produced the
Landlords’ Guide to Electrical Safety to help
landlords understand their responsibilities for electrical
safety in their properties, as well as to provide practical
advice on actions they should take to ensure the safety
of their tenants.
the legislation that landlords need to be aware of:
and Tenant Act 1985
is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that
he/she complies with the requirements of the Landlords
and Tenant Act 1985.
Act 2004 (England and Wales)
landlord must comply with the requirements of the Housing
Act 2004, including identifying areas where work is
required and carrying out any related remedial actions/work,
before the local authority carries out an inspection.
Should a health and safety problem be identified, the
inspecting officer can take enforcement action against
of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations
Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales)
manager’s duties include the duty to take safety
measures, the duty to maintain the water supply and
drainage, to supply and maintain gas and electricity
and have tested regularly gas and electricity installations,
the duty to maintain common parts, fixtures and fittings
and living accommodation. The Regulations set out what
occupiers must do with a view to assisting managers
to undertake their duties.
P of the Building Regulations (England & Wales)
domestic premises, apart from some types of minor work,
all electrical work must either be notified to a building-control
body (normally the local authority building control
department) in advance of the work being started, or
be carried out by an electrician who is registered with
one of the Government-approved scheme providers.
Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (England & Wales)
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (England
and Wales) requires any person who has some level of
control in the premises to carry out a fire safety risk
assessment and implement and maintain a fire management
plan. The responsible person must take steps to reduce
the risk of fire, consider how to contain a fire should
one break out, and then ensure people can safely escape
if there is a fire.
at Work Regulations 1989
applies to landlords if, for example, maintenance staff
are employed and when operatives are carrying out electrical
installation work on the properties.
Miscellaneous electrical regulations and guidance
Standard 7671: 2008 (IEE Wiring Regulations)
electrical work in domestic properties should always
meet the requirements of BS 7671, regardless of whether
the landlord employs a registered electrician or other
Standard 5839 Pt 1 & 6 Fire Alarms
landlord needs to be aware of the requirements for fire
alarm systems relating to his/her property or employ
an expert that can offer advice.
British Standard 5266 Emergency Lighting
landlord needs to be aware of the requirements for emergency
lighting relating to his/her property or employ an expert
that can offer advice. Guidance from the LACORS document
(see Annex B) or advice from the local authority will
usually provide the answers.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations
landlord must ensure electrical equipment conforms to
Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and take
reasonable steps to ensure ongoing safety.
Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and
Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE)
landlord should ensure inspection and testing of electrical
appliances is carried out by a competent person and
that records providing documentary evidence of inspection
and testing results are maintained.
Full details can be found on the ESC’s
in 1996, gas-elec carries out impartial safety inspections
and light remedial works. Its unique inspection service
provides the residential lettings market with multiple
inspections of the gas and electrics in just one visit.
gas-elec has over 126 franchisees operating from 18
regional offices, who this year will carry out more
than 120,000 safety inspections in domestic properties
throughout the UK.
more information visit www.gas-elec.co.uk.