Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety
With the stamp duty rules about to change many landlords have just got into the market before the more onerous tax levels apply. For any new or existing landlords out there here is a quick guide to safe electrics in a rented property:
- Ideally, ensure that the electrical system complies with the latest wiring regulations.
Make sure a circuit breaker (RCD) is fitted to power circuits.
- Keep supplied appliances to a minimum.
- Make sure appliances supplied are complete and in working order – keep purchase receipts.
- Pay particular attention to second hand equipment – always have these items checked.
- Ensure that operating instructions and safety warning notices are supplied with the appliances.
- Ensure that flexes are in good order and properly attached to appliances and plugs.
- Ensure that earth tags are in place.
- Ensure that plugs are of an approved type with sleeved live and neutral pins.
- Ensure that plugs and sockets conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A for heavy duty uses.
- Ensure that all fuses are of the correct type and rating.
- Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch.
- Make a note of all fuse ratings on the inventory.
If you are in any doubt about the wiring of the safety of any appliances consult a qualified electrician.Wandle Electrical Website
If you have any questions please contact Anthony@wandle-elec.co.uk