Electrical Services

Your Responsibilities

IF you are a landlord letting in England a Wales it is your legal duty to ensure all and electrical systems in your property is safe and maintained throughout the whole tenancy..

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 (also known as a Periodic report or PIR).

Failure to Comply

A Fine of £5,000 per item not complying

Six Months Imprisonment

Possible Manslaughter Charges In The Event Of Deaths

The Tenant May Also Sue You For Civil Damages

Your Property Insurance May Be Invalidated

Any property occupied by tenants, the landlord must ensure that:

  • a smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation;
  • a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room of the premises which
    is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance;
  • Checks must be made by or on behalf of the landlord to make sure that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins (if it is a new tenancy).


A landlord is also responsible for the communal areas of a house, block of flats, or an estate that residents use in common with other tenants, such as:

  • Entrance halls and foyers
  • Lifts and stairwells
  • Corridors
  • Landings
  • Parking and refuse areas
  • Pathways
  • Gardens.


A visual inspection of the property is conducted between tenancies

A Periodic inspection is carried out every 5 years

Making sure that your property has adequate RCD protection

Using a registered electrician for any work on your property

For further advice and to discuss your requirements

Electrical Safety in the home

Great Britain has a relatively good record of electrical safety but the most recent figures available show that in a typical year:

Around 20 people will die as a result of electrocution and/or fatal electric burns suffered at home.

There will be approximately 20,000 accidental electrical fires in homes, resulting in around 50 deaths and 3500 injuries.