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Electrical Safety (England) | England | Responsibilities and Liabilities (England)

Cooker installation: whose responsibility?

5 Apr 2021 | 1 comment

In tenancies which do not include appliances, tenants are of course responsible for bringing & having theirs fitted by qualified contractors.  Landlords must however pay for safety testing.  If eg. tenants have fitted electric cooker on standard 13amp plug, this would prevent EICR pass. Who must pay? (Similarly if fitted own gas cooker poorly & apart from risk to health & property, would fail CP12.

In our recent case, as our contractors were there anyway, we paid.  It seems for the sake of safety & protection from claims this might be something we may have to absorb on a regular basis?

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  1. guildy

    We’re not sure we would agree that a landlord is responsible for testing tenants own appliances.

    The EICR is concerned with the mains installation and not appliances.

    Our electrician didn’t test any of the tenants own appliances including their cookers. That being said, not sure what would have happened if a cooker had been incorrectly installed though. Some ovens do work off a normal plug but not sure about the cooker in your case.

    If there was no specific cooker outlet on the correct wiring, that would be a fail (i.e. the tenant had no choice but to use a plug because there was no outlet). But, if there was an outlet and the tenant had chosen not to use it, not sure. You’re right though, and we would have wanted it to be safe and would have done anything necessary to ensure it was even if there wasn’t technically any requirement for us to do so.

    The gas regulations expressly exclude “…an appliance which the tenant is entitled to remove from the relevant premises…” from being a landlord duty. That being said, with our engineer, the additional cost to check an appliance is negligible so just does it anyway whilst there. In our case it’s exceptionally rare to have a gas appliance as we have removed all but a couple of gas connections for cookers. At next refurbishment, any remaining will be removed as we always do.

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