landlords guideA Guide For Landlords

A Landlord has a number of duties that they are required to upkeep that CEFC Ltd can help with.

To download a copy of the Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety by the Electrical Safety Council, in PDF format – Click Here

To download a copy of the Landlords Factsheet in PDF format – Click Here

Landlords are required by law to have their premises regularly tested and inspected and the IEE wiring regulations state that all domestic premises must be inspected at no more than ten yearly intervals.

Further information can be found on the Electrical Safey First web site, located here:

Your responsibilities as a landlord.  Landlords are required by law to ensure:

  • That the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
  • That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years.
    If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
  • That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).

To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.

Some advice that Electrical Safety First recommends and CEFC support are as follows…

  • Making sure that your property has adequate RCD protection
  • Using a registered electrician for any work on your property
  • Carrying out regular safety checks on the electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement
  • Downloading the ESC’s ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ smartphone app

A Landlords’ Guide

The Landlords’ Guide to Electrical Safety sets out your legal obligations and our recommendations for keeping your tenants and properties safe. This booklet replaces the previous three publications:

  • Landlords’ Guide to Electrical Safety in England and Wales
  • Landlords’ Guide to Electrical Safety in Scotland
  • Electrical Safety in Communal Areas of Residential Properties

If you would like further information in this area, please contact CFEC, or consider contacting the Electrical Safety First team at