Landlords’ guide to Electrical Safety
This guide has been produced to help landlords understand their responsibilities for electrical safety in their properties as well as to provide practical advice on actions they should take to ensure the safety of their tenants.
Electrical safety in communal areas of residential properties
The guide is intended to address electrical safety in communal areas (areas accessible by staff, residents, and others visiting the property). It is primarily for all types of residential landlords, including local authorities, housing associations, freeholder companies, resident management companies and right to manage companies. Electrical contractors, installers and residents may also find the information useful.
The aim of the guide is to provide those having the responsibility of looking after communal areas with the right information so that they can meet their legal obligations. As it is a guide, though, it has not been possible to cover every aspect of electrical safety. So, to assist readers, references to other publications and/or website addresses have been provided. It is not our intention, however, for you to purchase any such publications.
Electricity can be dangerous – on average, every week someone in the UK dies in an electrical accident in their home.
Almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity and, if you live in a privately rented house or flat, statistics show you at a higher risk of electric shock.
The checklist below shows you what to look out for around the property, warning signs to be aware of, what you should ask for from your landlord, and what steps you can take to ensure your own safety and that of your fellow residents.