Landlords must make sure electrical systems and appliances in their rental property are fit for purpose and safe to use. Best practice is to carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) or PIR, every three years and a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) annually.
As a landlord you have a duty of care to protect your tenants. You must ensure that your property meets current fire safety regulations for smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detection.
Building Standards Technical Handbooks 2013 states that in rented properties there should be at least:
CO Alarms are required in every room that has a gas burning appliance (boiler, gas hob, gas fire or log/coal burner) or any room in which a gas flue runs through.
It is the landlord's responsibility to ensure that hard wired electrics in an HMO property are safe. A qualified electrician can carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), also known as a PIR, to confirm whether a property meets current standards.
All appliances provided to tenants must be safe and in good repair, suitable for their intended purpose and only used for their intended purpose. The appliances should undergo an electrical safety inspection or Portable Appliance Test (PAT) every three years, or upon tenant change over if sooner.
There must be sufficient electrical sockets in each room of a property to prevent overloading that could cause a fire.