Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert
The landlord has responsibility for making sure that the electrical installation in their privately rented properties in England and Scotland is checked every five years. We strongly recommend that landlords in Wales and Northern Ireland also have five yearly checks carried out to ensure the safety of their tenants and properties.
The landlord is responsible for arranging a full periodic inspection and test of the fixed electrical installation. The scope of the inspection and test is defined in British Standard 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) and essentially covers:
- Thorough visual inspection of all accessible parts of the installation, including consumer unit, switches, sockets, lampholders, earthing/bonding arrangements. Sockets and switches can be inspected on a sample basis
- Testing of circuits for polarity, fault current, fault protection, additional protection, insulation resistance
- Functional testing of switches and RCDs
This must be done by a competent and qualified person. On completion the inspector will provide a report outlining the outcome of the inspection and test, likely to be an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). A copy should be provided to tenants.