I think my rented property is not electrically safe. What can I do about it?

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Private landlords in England and Scotland* are legally obliged to have the electrics inspected every five years

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

Private landlords in England and Scotland* are legally obliged to have the electrics inspected every five years. The electrician will issue an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) that will either confirm that the installation is safe or advise on hazards that need to be fixed. Your landlord should have given you a copy of this certificate. If they refuse or are unable to provide you with one, inform your Local Authority and they can help you.

Always flag electrical problems like switches tripping, smells of burning, damage to wiring to your landlord. They have a responsibility to keep the electrics in a good state of repair.

 

* Although not currently a legal requirement in Wales and Northern Ireland, we recommend that all landlords carry out five yearly checks to ensure the safety of their tenants and properties.

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