Do the new regulations for five yearly electrical checks in rental properties apply to B&Bs?

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New regulations were introduced in June 2020 requiring private landlords to carry out five yearly checks on the electrical installations in their rental properties

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

New regulations were introduced in June 2020 requiring private landlords to carry out five yearly checks on the electrical installations in their rental properties. 

Currently this legislation does not apply to Bed and Breakfast accommodation. However, owners are required to carry out risk assessments and take appropriate measures to prevent accidents, including:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which states that employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees in the workplace
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity used as part of work activities
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regularly prosecutes businesses which fail to protect employees from electrical injuries at work.

By having the electrical installation checked (after which the electrician will issue you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR), you can provide documented proof that your electrics have been thoroughly inspected and you are meeting your obligations. This can be crucial in the event of any accidents that are investigated by the HSE.

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