The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has updated its guidance on electrical safety and what landlords need to know.

The Association says its landlord advice team frequently receives questions from landlords and letting agents on electrical safety.

The RLA notes the topic of electrical safety has also made headlines recently when the Government announced that it intends to press ahead with plans requiring landlords to undertake five-yearly safety checks of electrical installations in their properties.

While no date has been announced for this change, the Government has announced that it intends to introduce the new legislation on a phased basis, starting with new tenancies, as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

The RLA’s new guidance on electrical safety inspections covers:

  • how often landlords are legally required to inspect their properties, and looks at this when it comes to houses in multiple occupation (HMO) landlords

  • the competent person

  • penalties for not complying with the regulations

  • what landlords should look for on a visual inspection.

An electrical safety guide by the RLA includes a detailed overview of electrical safety in privately rented properties. It takes a closer look at the legislation that covers electrical safety, and what is included in the Electrical Installation Condition report.

Last reviewed 28 February 2019