This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Electrical Safety

Fixed Electrical Installation Periodic Inspections

A “fixed electrical installation” means: the hard wiring in the building so: cables, consumer unit, socket outlets etc.

So, what’s the law on periodic inspections? Almost every electrician will tell you it’s “law” to have carry out a check of the electrics every year, two years or something similar. If you get told this by someone, you should ask them to supply you with the legislation to which they refer!

Unlike the Gas Safety Regulations which make it simple (annual gas safety record on all property let as a dwelling), electrical checks depend on the type of building and it’s occupiers.

If the property in question is an HMO (house in multiple occupation, 3 or more unrelated sharers or certain converted buildings) then, the fixed electrical installation must be checked by a qualified electrician at least every five years. In addition, if the local authority requests a copy of the certificate in writing it must be supplied to them within 7 days [Regulation 6(3) The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 (and same for The Welsh Regulations)].

The manager must-

(a) ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years by a person qualified to undertake such inspection and testing;

(b) obtain a certificate from the person conducting that test, specifying the results of the test; and

(c) supply that certificate to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority.

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