As a landlord, it is important to ensure that the electrical systems in your rental properties are safe and in compliance with local regulations.
You can never be sure when an electrical fault or breakdown is going to occur. That’s why we’re often approached in the initial stages to do a free visual check of a property and highlight any problems that may be evident. As many prospective landlords discover, some homes may not be as good an investment as they initially seem. Our free visual check can therefore be key to them making the right decision.
Whether you’re a seasoned landlord or new to property rentals, it’s important to have access to a reliable electrician who can carry out the necessary checks before you purchase a new property or make an existing property available for rental.
Here are some electrical services that landlords may need:
Electrical safety inspections: A licensed electrician can inspect the electrical system in your rental property to ensure that it is safe and up to code.
Electrical repairs: If there are any electrical issues in your rental property, such as faulty wiring or a malfunctioning electrical panel, a licensed electrician can make the necessary repairs.
Electrical upgrades: If you have an older rental property, you may need to upgrade the electrical system to meet current safety standards. This may include upgrading the electrical panel, installing RCD outlets, or upgrading the wiring.
Electrical maintenance: Regular maintenance of the electrical system in your rental property can help prevent problems from occurring. A licensed electrician can perform routine maintenance, such as testing and replacing smoke detectors and inspecting electrical outlets.
Tenant education: It’s important to educate your tenants on electrical safety, such as not overloading outlets, not using damaged electrical cords, and not attempting electrical repairs themselves.
Remember, as a landlord, it’s your responsibility to provide a safe living environment for your tenants. Hiring a licensed electrician to perform regular inspections and maintenance on the electrical system in your rental properties is an important step in fulfilling that responsibility.
The Latest Regulations
Prospective and current landlords need to consider and understand Part P of the Building Regulations for England and Wales – or the Building Standards in Scotland – which is intended to increase the safety of households by improving the design, installation, inspection and testing of electrical installations in homes, whether they are being newly built, extended or altered.
Part P stipulates that landlords must notify or submit plans to a building control body before commencing work including repairs, replacements and maintenance work, extra power or lighting points and other alterations to existing circuits in certain parts of a property, including bathrooms, which pose a risk to homeowners.
As members of the NAPIT Approved Contractor, Dorset Electrical Solutions are able to self-certify compliance with the Building Regulations whenever we carry out maintenance, repairs or any type of electrical work.