What do landlords need to know about rewiring?

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If you own a large residential property, gated apartment, or you are a HMO landlord, a property with electrical issues can be a real problem. Not only are you legally responsible for repairs, maintenance and servicing, but you can also be held legally responsible should something electrical go wrong, resulting in injury or danger to your tenants. But what do landlords need to know about rewiring? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to rewiring for landlords.

What do landlords need to know about rewiring?

When it comes to the issue of rewiring, there are several questions that we are often asked by Landlords. These include:

  • Will the tenants need to move out?
  • How long will it take?
  • Do I need to hire a professional?

Will the tenants need to move out?

The answer to this question will depend on the property itself, and the state of the electrics. A large residential home, hotel or tenement building can be more challenging than a standard domestic property. However, in many cases, this can be completed without anyone moving out. This means that you will not need to find alternate accommodation for your tenant, as a qualified electrician can work around current tenants, depending on circumstances.

How long will it take?

The length of time a rewire will take will again depend on the size of your property, and if this split into different apartments or complexes or not. Clearly, a larger building will use more circuits, and take long to completely rewire. However, in some circumstances only a partial rewire is actually necessary. And this will clearly take much less time.

Do I need to hire a professional?

The simple answer is yes. As a landlord you have legal obligations to electrical safety, and hiring a professional is the only way to show your commitment to these obligations. It is also essential for ensuring that the rewiring is up to building standards and for protecting your property and tenants in the long term. For more information or for any advice get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.