If you live in rented accommodation, it is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe at the start of the tenancy, and that these remain in proper working order throughout. Your Local Authority can take action under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to enforce electrical safety, if necessary.
For Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), all fixed electrical installations must be inspected and tested by qualified electricians at least every 5 years, and a certificate should be obtained, which the Local Authority can ask to see at any point. In addition, Part P of Building Regulations required that fixed electrical installations meet Building Regulation requirements. Electrical work should always be carried out by a registered, qualified electrician.
Landlords should carry out regular visual checks of electrics such as sockets and light switches, checking for scorching or visual indication of wiring issues which could lead to accident or injury. Although there is no legal obligation for landlords to carry out a portable appliance test (PAT test), it is recommended, to ensure that any portable electric appliances provided by the landlord are safe for tenants to use, for example, a fridge, washing machine, lamp, kettle, toaster etc.
Claiming for compensation
If you are injured due to a faulty appliance in your home provided by your landlord, or if you have an accident due to faulty electrical installations in your rental property, then you may be eligible to claim compensation due to landlord negligence. It is important to keep evidence of any accident or injury, and taking photographs of faulty wiring or broken appliances is a good way to do this. You should claim for compensation as soon as possible after your accident, and in any case within three years, as after this time has passed, Accident Advice Helpline will not be able to consider your claim.
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