The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, mandatory since 1 January 1997. State that all electrical appliances supplied with let accommodation must be safe. This applies to both new and second-hand appliances and covers all electrical items supplied for the intended use of the Tenant. The only sure method of ensuring that these appliances are safe, is to have them tested by a trained competent person using the appropriate calibrated portable appliance testing equipment (PAT).
The regulations also cover fixed appliances such as cookers, showers and immersion heaters, which must also be safe. Tests and inspections should be made at reasonable and regular intervals, bearing in mind the rate of use of both portable and fixed appliances.
Failure to comply with the Electrical Regulations may constitute a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 which carries a maximum penalty on summary conviction of a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. Landlords and/or letting agents could also, in addition, be sued in Civil Law under THE DUTY OF CARE for failure to ensure the tenants safety and face punitive damages