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Electrical Safety Law - your responsibilities as a landlord or employer

If you let property in England or Wales you must ensure that the electrical system and all appliances supplied are safe. Failure to comply with the regulations is a criminal offence and may result in:

  • A fine of £5,000 per item not complying
  • Six month's imprisonment
  • Possible manslaughter charges in the event of death
  • The tenant may also sue you for civil damages
  • Your property insurance may be invalidated
  • These regulations are enforced by the Health & Safety Executive

There is no statutory requirement to have annual safety checks on electrical equipment as there is with gas. However, it is advisable for landlords to have periodic checks done by a qualified electrician.

Landlords guide for electrical safety compliance

If you manage your property well, the risks to you as landlord or agent are minimal. But if you manage it badly and aren't aware of your responsibilites - you're taking unnecessary risks.

  • You are advised to make visual inspections yourself as a landlord or agent in residential properties
  • Make a safety checklist and have periodic checks carried out by a qualified electrician
  • Keep supplied appliances to a minimum - less to check and less to go wrong
  • Make sure any electrical appliances supplied are complete and in working order - keep the purchase receipts
  • Pay particular attention to second hand equipment - always have these items checked
  • Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch

Get an electrician to make sure you are covered in these areas

  • 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 a note of all fuse ratings on the inventory
  • If you are in any doubt about the wiring or the safety of any appliances consult a qualified electrician

Our recommendations for landlords and agents for electrical compliance

There is no statutory obligation on landlords or agents to have professional checks carried out on the electrical system or appliances. However, under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets etc... (Safety) Regulations 1994, both of which come under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, there is an obligation to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe.

We would strongly recommend that any Landlord, regardless of whether they see themselves as running a business or not, should make absolutely sure they are complying with these regulations to ensure that all electrical equipment supplied is safe.

In order to do this we recommend:

  • Annual visual inspections by the landlord or agent - recording this on a safety checklist
  • Inspections on tenant change-overs, recording electrical equipment, its condition and fuses fitted
  • Periodic inspections of electrical equipment by a qualified electrician
  • 5 yearly inspections by a qualified electrician to ensure that the electrical system complies with current regulations
  • Keep all records of these inspections
  • Due Diligence

In the event of a tenant complaint or an incident the defence of "due diligence" may be accepted where it can be shown that the landlord or agent took all reasonable steps to avoid committing an offence - you will need documentary evidence of this.

A private owner letting a single dwelling (not in the course of business) may have a defence, whereas an agent acting on his behalf will not. However, an agent merely introducing a tenant and not becoming involved in the inventory or management of the tenancy my well be exempt from liability.

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We pride ourselves on our open and honest pricing - there are no hidden charges and we even charge in 15 minute intervals after the first hour - beat that! Take a look at our pricing list for a guide on how much you can expect to pay. For larger jobs such as full house re-wires and central heating system installations we can provide you with a fixed price and what's more, the quotation is free!

Hourly rate pricing

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 Border
Electrical servicesElectrical services £90.00 per hour £120 per hour
Plumbing servicesPlumbing services £80.00 per hour £100 per hour
Gas servicesGas services £80.00 per hour £100 per hour

NIC/EIC Electrical Inspections

Border Property Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
1 bedroom flat1 Bedroom Flat £180.00 £230.00
2 bedroom flat2 Bedroom Flat £200.00 £250.00
3 bedroom flat3 Bedroom Flat £220.00 £270.00
1 to 3 bedroom house1 to 3 Bedroom House £240.00 £290.00
4 bedroom house4 Bedroom House £260.00 £310.00
5 bedroom house5 Bedroom House £300.00 £350.00

Visual electrical inspection (for homebuyers etc...)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesVisual electrical inspection £100.00 £150.00

Landlord's pack (includes Electrical Safety Certificate / PIR, plus a Gas Safety Report - these documents are usually required by landlords who rent their properties out)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack (upto 3 bedrooms) £250.00 £300.00
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack per bedroom £50.00 £75.00

Points to note:

  • All prices exclude VAT
  • Hourly rate charges are billed in 15 minute intervals with a minimum charge of one hour
  • All prices exclude congestion & parking charges (unless a parking permit for the duration of the visit is provided)
  • All prices exclude costs for materials which will be charged at list price + 30%
  • The final charge will include reasonable time to obtain parts if the jobs is to be completed on the same day
  • Alternatively, a fixed price of £30 can be applied for collection and delivery on an alternative day
  • Gas or safety certificates cannot be issued until payment is made in full
  • Quotations are free of charge as long as you let us know of your decision within 14 days of issue. If you do not inform us of your decision, an administration charge of £25.00 will be levied. You can inform us of your decision using the link in the quotation e-mail or Call us on 020 8798 9250 quoting your reference number
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There are plenty of companies out there competing for your business - and you need to make sure you're armed with all the facts before you make a decision about which one to choose. Here are a few things to check before you decide - we're confident that if you're looking for great service you'll choose Multi-Trade!

  • Does the company or tradesperson you're considering offer free quotations?
  • Do they offer an open and honest pricing structure with no hidden costs?
  • Are their engineers certified to IEE 17th edition electrical standards as a minimum?
  • Remember - it is a legal requirement when working with gas or electricity.
  • Do they have a contactable office, not just a mobile in case of any queries?
  • Does anyone answer the phone in the day?
  • Are their tradespeople honest, reliable, polite and vetted?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then give us a call - we can confidently answer 'yes' to all of these questions. Not sure? Check out our testimonials page to see what some of our previous customers think of our customer service!

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