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Electrical safety

The wiring and any electrical items supplied with your home must be safe.

 Your landlord or their agent has a legal duty to make sure the wiring in your home is safe.  Any electrical appliances they provide must be safe to use.

Your landlord should carry out regular visual safety checks of the electrics and appliances such as cookers, washing machines and fridges. Electrical appliances that have been checked by an electrician should have a PAT (portable appliance test) sticker on the plug. This shows the date it was tested. With the exception of some HMOs and/or licensed properties, there is no legal requirement for PAT testing

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Your landlord has extra legal responsibilities if the house or flat you share with other tenants is a house in multiple occupation (HMO)


Every year around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by faulty electrics and electrical equipment. If you live in a privately rented property, statistics show that you are at a higher risk of electric shock and almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity. Your landlord must fit your property with a fire alarm.

For more details, please see Electrical Safety First

Take action

If your landlord is not keeping you safe, get advice from one of the agencies signed up to the Tower Hamlets Private Renters’ Charter.


We all promise to find the best way to improve your situation - and the most effective action to take against landlords or agents who break the rules.

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