Do I have a legal responsibility to get electrical items checked annually?

Question

I supply my tenants with a fridge, freezer and washing machine in my rental property. Do I have a legal responsibility to get these checked annually?

Answer

Unlike the requirements to have a gas safety certificate, you are not legally bound to have an annual safety check carried out on electrical items.

However, HMO landlords have to ensure that their property has a periodic inspection of electrical installations carried out every five years by a registered electrician. If your property is not an HMO you do not have to do this, however, doing so is best practice.

More information on your responsibilities as a landlord can be found on the Electrical Safety First website.

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