Electrical Safety Advice For Tenants and Landlords

Living in a rented property means you are reliant on your landlord to ensure your safety with regards to gas and electricity, if they haven't been living up to their responsibilities then they may be putting you or your family in danger.  If landlords fail to meet regulatory standards they are putting tenants at greater risk of being involved in an accident, we're going to take a look at electrical safety advice that is useful for both tenants and landlords.


There are a variety of ways in which landlords are putting their tenants and themselves in danger. From the landlord's point of view it is important to maintain safety standards to avoid insurance being invalidated and fines for non-compliance. From the tenants point of view it is simple, if safety standards are not maintained they are being put at risk of serious accidents.

A lack of understanding may play a part to some degree but the information is out there for landlords. Often landlords as well as tenants aren't entirely sure who is responsible for electrical safety, however this is no excuse in the end it will be the landlord who is penalised if found to be at fault.


Landlords hold responsibility for their tenant's safety when it comes to the electrics in the property. They must make sure that electrical installations and wiring are kept in safe condition throughout the tenants time in the property, having checks carried out at least every five years.

For tenants it is important to ensure your landlord lives up to this responsibility, however, you must maintain the electrical items that you own and have brought into the property. Don't get complacent, items with damaged or worn out wiring can be a hazard, particularly phone charging cables for example.


The Electrical Safety Council has created a free guide for landlords which points out what their responsibilities lie when it comes to electrical safety. Because of the housing shortage and the austerity measures many more people are relying on rented housing, so it’s an imperative to ensure the electrical safety of tenants.

The Electrical Safety Council has created a free guide for landlords that outlines their responsibilities in relation to electrical safety. Because of the UK housing shortage there are a huge number of people relying on rented housing, it is extremely important that every one of these tenants are safe in their homes.


If you’re worried about the state of the electrics in your home or property, whether you’re a landlord or tenant, you can get in touch with us here at GW Electrics, one of our qualified, experienced and registered electricians will be more than happy to help with any queries you may have and arrange a visit to your property.