Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
Landlords of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are legally obliged to have a periodic inspection carried out on the property every five years.
Other rental properties
If your property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, it is recommended that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years.
Electrical Safety First
Electrical Safety First (formerly the Electrical Safety Council) have developed a free smartphone app that allows anyone to do a quick, visual check, to ensure their home is electrically safe.
Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems. Where more serious issues are flagged, people are advised to use a registered electrician.