Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
There is no current statutory obligation on landlords or agents under the above order to have professional checks carried out on the electrical system or appliances. However, under the regulation the plugs and sockets come under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and there is a statutory obligation to ensure all electrical equipment is safe which includes providing written instructions for each appliance. Halcyon recommend that all landlords should ensure the comply with these regulations by:
• Annual Portable Appliance Test (PAT) and electrical visual inspection be a qualified electrician.
• 5 Yearly inspections (Periodic) by a qualified electrician to ensure safety and current electrical regulations.
• Records of these inspections will need to be retained and available for inspection if required.
Halcyon also offer the following advice:
• Keep supplied appliances to the minimum
• Make sure appliances are complete and in working order – keep receipts
• Second hand appliances have been checked by an electrician before installation
• Ensure flexes are in good order
• Ensure earth tags are in place
• Ensure plugs are of an approved type and conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A
• Ensure all fuses are of the correct type and rating
• Access is available for tenants of the location of mains consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch