Electrical safety

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


Every year around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by faulty electrics and electrical equipment.  Almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity. And if you live in a privately rented property, statistics show that you are at a higher risk of electric shock.

For more details, please see Electrical Safety First.

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 arrange regular basic safety checks for 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.

For more details, please see:

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

Find out if your landlord or agent has been convicted of housing offences.