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Electrical Safety (England) | Landlord Responsibility for Repairs and Maintenance (England) | Tenant Obligations (England)

Who is responsible for changing fuses? Landlord or tenant?

25 Apr 2016 | 5 comments

My tenants complained the dishwasher had packed up and when I sent the electrician it was only a fuse. Who should pay the electrician’s bill?



  1. guildy

    This is a tricky one and I’m not entirely sure how a court or deposit dispute resolution would view this.

    On the one hand, a tenant must act in a tenant like manner – which includes mending a light fuse if it blows (which are normally trip switches nowadays). Perhaps if you asked if the fuse had been checked first, that might assist.

    On the other hand, it wasn’t that unreasonable of the tenant to not think it would be the fuse (as you presumably didn’t, otherwise you would have checked the fuse first before arranging an electrician).

    I think on balance it will be for the landlord to pay mainly because I don’t think the tenant acted unreasonably.

    However, as I say, I don’t know for sure.

    • rplatford

      To guildy,  Thank you very much for your response.
      Yes, I did ask them to check the fuses before I call someone out, I wonder if that makes a difference?  I believe they must have checked the fuse board however, which was okay,  rather than in the socket.

      Sent from Samsung Mobile on O2

      • guildy

        I think it just depends on the conversation about the fuse and whether the tenant has acted reasonably.

        A difficult one!

  2. JungleProperty

    I think on the grounds the fuse is a (sacrificial) part of the electrical installation the tenant may have a S11 argument. However if you had written the tenants responsibility to reset fuses into the tenacy agreement, showed them where the consumer unit was, confirmed their responsibility in an information pack and reminded the tenant of this immediately before calling out the electrician and how much the fallout would be I think you have a reasonable argument at least until it got to court 🙂

    • guildy

      I think this was a fuse in the plug of the dishwasher so it wouldn’t be covered under section 11. It will be a simple contractual liability – dishwasher provided with the rent so as a general rule, the dishwasher will need to be kept in repair by the landlord.

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