As a landlord you have a responsibility to ensure that any rented property is safe throughout occupation by a tenant. It is recommended that a periodic inspection be carried out to ensure that all electrics are tested and safe.
Periodic inspection will identify:
- If you have any overloaded circuits
- If there are risks of electric shock or any potential fire hazards.
- Any defecting electrical work
- If there are issues with earthing or bonding
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe.
After completion of the test you will be issued with an Electrical Condition Report (EICR).
It is suggested by Electrical Safety First that inspections are carried out according to the following schedule:
- 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
- 5 years for a rented home.
- 3 years for a caravan
- 1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
- When a property is being prepared for letting.
- Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.