An electrical safety inspection must be carried out:
- before a tenancy starts, and
- during the tenancy, at intervals of no more than 5 years from the date of the previous inspection.
The electrical safety inspection does not have to be completed immediately before a new tenancy begins or every time a new tenancy starts, as long as an inspection has been carried out in the period of 5 years before the tenancy starts.
The electrical safety inspection must be recorded in an electric installation condition report (EICR) and a portable appliance testing (PAT) report.
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As a landlord you must:
- follow safety regulations
- provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (for example a coal fire or wood burning stove)
- check your tenants have access to escape routes at all times
- make sure the furniture and furnishings you supply are fire safe
- provide fire alarms and extinguishers if the property is a large house in multiple occupation (HMO).
You can read more about fire safety on the London Fire Brigade website.
By law you must get a gas safe registered engineer to inspect gas pipework, appliances and chimneys/flues every 12 months.
You must give your tenant a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of the check being carried out, or before the tenant moves in. You must also keep a copy of the safety check for two years.
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