Electrical safety for holiday lets

Electrical safety in any home is vital, and electrical safety for holiday lets is even more important. You have a duty of care to ensure that all electrical appliances, circuits and fixed installations within your property are safe and compliant with current regulations. By making sure that your holiday let property complies with electrical safety regulations, you’re protecting yourself from potential liability.

Your guide to electrical safety for holiday lets starts here!

This blog outlines electrical safety for holiday lets requirements, including what they are and how to know if your holiday let is compliant with safety standards. We hope it will give you clear guidance and peace of mind.

Electrical safety for holiday lets. 
Ensure that guests are given operating instructions for all equipment in your holiday home.
Ensure that guests are given operating instructions for all equipment in your holiday home

So, what are the electrical safety regulations for holiday lets?

Holiday let landlords have a duty to regularly carry out safety checks to ensure that the electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and in good working order. In addition to regular visual checks, appliances and electrics should checked and serviced regularly by a registered electrician.

You should also ensure that guests are given operating instructions for all equipment in the holiday home.

An Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) proves electrical safety for holiday lets

New regulations for all private rental landlords on electrical safety for property letting came into force on 1st June 2020. All privately rented properties must now have a valid EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) in place by 1st April 2021. Whilst this new legislation does not currently include holiday homes, this serves as an important reminder that as a holiday let owner you are required by law to ensure that all electrical appliances, circuits and fixed installations within your holiday let are safe and are not hazardous to your guests.

All holiday let owners are expected to have a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) in place. Whilst the EICR report itself is not yet a legal requirement for holiday homes, you are legally obliged to ensure the safety and upkeep of the equipment provided, so having a qualified electrician carry out an EICR report is the best way to ensure that you are protected from liability and that your guests are safe.

Holiday lets should be inspected at least every 5 years

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report?

An EICR is a documented account produced by a qualified and competent electrician, as part of a detailed inspection of the quality of the fixed and permanently connected electrical installations in a property. This will identify if there are any hazardous faults, defects and electrical safety problems in a home.

An EICR will assess the ‘fixed’ electrical parts of the property, like the wiring, plug sockets, light fittings and consumer unit. This will include permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractors, and fixed appliances.

During the inspection, your chosen electrician will check the condition of your electrical installations against the BS 7671 IET Wiring Regulations (the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations) – think of it like an MOT for your home’s electrics.

Following the inspection, your chosen electrician will report on any electrical works that need to be carried out in order to maintain guest safety and prevent property damage. These will be categorised into priority actions, which can help property owners decide what problem areas need rectifying first, should any issues arise.

The benefit of having an EICR is that holiday home owners will have an official certificate from a qualified professional, which they can show to tenants or their local authorities if any electrical issues arise.

Although there are currently no government regulations published for holiday let owners, the government’s guide on electrical safety standards for landlords in the private sector is relevant, and further details the content of the EICR inspection.

Electrical safety for holiday lets. EICR - think of it like an MOT for your home’s electrics
EICR – think of it like an MOT for your home’s electrics

What is the cost of an EICR certificate?

The cost of an EICR certificate will vary. Things like the size and age of a property are the main determining factors of the price of a report. Generally, a two-to-three-bedroom house will cost around £250. Although the charging may be done per circuit. The price may rise for larger homes, or older properties that may have outdated wiring which will require longer checks.

Property owners will also need to factor in the cost of any remedial work required for areas that may fail the test.

How often do I need to have an electrical safety test?

As with any home, holiday properties will be subject to wear and tear, and electrical installations are bound to deteriorate with age and regular use.

It is recommended that electrical safety tests are conducted at least every five years, but the frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. When an electrician carries our your EICR, they may advise that your property needs to be inspected more frequently, depending on its installations, age and use.

PAT testing for holiday lets

Holiday let owners have a duty of care and are required by law to ensure that all electrical appliances within the property are safe for use. As your duty of care applies to both installed and portable electrical appliances, you should also undertake regular Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).

PAT testing is the examination of electrical appliances, checking them for safety from potential defects and hazards, through a series of visual inspections and electronic tests. This applies to electrical equipment in your holiday home such as toasters, kettles, televisions or hair driers.

While there is no specification as to how often, it’s best practice to have a qualified and competent person conduct and record PAT testing on an annual basis. To show you have taken the relevant precautions to keep your home safe, ensure that there is a clear record of when the test was carried out.

Electrical safety for holiday lets – additional advice

Here are some pointers for improving electrical safety in your holiday home:

  • Conduct visual inspections of your appliances, checking for obvious warning signs like damaged cables, scorch marks, flickering lights and hot plugs. Always consult an electrician if you are unsure.
  • Provide easy to understand operating details for all electrical appliance and facilities in your guest information. It is also worth providing guests with emergency contact details in the event of unforeseen issues or emergencies.

Electrical safety for holiday lets. Let us give you peace of mind
Let us give you peace of mind

Leaping Hare Electrical & Renewables can provide you with all the support you need to ensure that your holiday let or rental is fully compliant and that you have peace of mind. We can undertake an EICR and PAT test whilst on site, providing you with a report that puts your mind at rest. Should any remedial works be required, we will quote and you are free to use us or get alternative quotations from other registered electrical contractors.