Electrical safety in your home

Regular electrical safety checks can keep your home safe. If you rent your home, your landlord is responsible for getting checks done at least every 5 years. Report repairs to your landlord to get them fixed.

Your landlord’s responsibilities

Your landlord must make sure that your home’s electricity supply is safe and adequate.

Electrical safety checks

Your landlord must make sure electrical safety checks are done in your home. Checks should be done by a registered electrician.

Checks must be done every 5 years, or 3 years if you live in an HMO (house of multiple occupation). An HMO is shared by 3 or more people who are members of more than 2 families.

If something does not pass the check, your landlord should get it replaced or repaired immediately.

Electrical safety report

When an electrical safety check is done, your landlord gets a safety report. This is sometimes called an EICR.

When you move in, they must give you a copy of the existing report.

If safety checks are done while you are living there, you must get a copy of the report within 28 days.

If you think your landlord has not done electrical safety checks

Step 1: speak to your landlord informally

Ask them for a copy of the electrical safety report. It should say when checks were last done.

Step 2: if they do not give you the electrical safety report

Ask your landlord to do an electrical safety check in your home.

Use our template letter asking for an electrical safety check to help you know what to say.

Step 3: if your landlord will not do safety checks or repairs

Follow our guidance on:

Your responsibilities if you rent your home

You should report any problems or repairs to your landlord as soon as possible. Allow the repair workers into your home to carry out work.

You should get electrical safety checks done on appliances you own.

Go to Electrical Safety First for guidance on electrical safety in your home.

Check for danger signs

These include:

  • plugs or wall sockets that are overheating, scorched or cracked

  • cables or wires that are loose, exposed or fraying

  • a smell of burning when appliances are switched on

  • fuses that blow often

If you own your home

You are responsible for getting repairs done in your home.

You should arrange electrical safety checks in your home at least every 10 years.

Make sure electrical checks and repairs are done by an NICEIC registered contractor.

Last updated: 29 June 2022

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