Electrical appliance safety for rental properties

Question from Steve updated on 13th May 2010:

Do the electrical appliances supplied in a furnished rental property(Jug, toaster, heaters, etc etc), need to be electrically tested and tagged as safe, such as a Rental Holiday home where all appliances are supplied by the owner.

Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the Act) applies to residential tenancies only. It does not cover premises that are let for holiday purposes unless the parties agree to contract back into the Act. Where the Act applies, landlords have an obligation to maintain the premises in a reasonable state of repair, and to ensure that the premises comply with all the relevant health, safety, and building regulations. This means that if a landlord provides appliances as part of the tenancy they are responsible for maintaining them and ensuring they comply with all the relevant regulations. The Electrical Workers Registration Board may be able to provide further advice regarding certification of electrical appliances, and can be contacted on 0800 661 000.

To discuss your situation further, or for advice and information about contracting back into the Act, you can contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).

The Department of Building and Housing provides information and guidance on building law and compliance, services including weathertight homes, and advice for tenants and landlords.


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